Be wary of Coweta County jury duty telephone scam

by Wes Mayer

The Coweta County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind everyone that the sheriff’s office would never call citizens on the phone to tell them they missed jury duty, and would definitely never ask for any financial information over the phone.

Recently, the sheriff’s office has been receiving reports from Cowetans about suspicious phone calls from a person identifying himself as Lt. Fitzmore, Lt. Jones or some other name, said Coweta County Sheriff Mike Yeager. The caller will identify himself, tell whoever answers that they missed jury duty in Coweta County and will then ask for some form of payment.

“Just hang up on them, laugh at them or tell them where to go,” Yeager said.

Yeager said the caller is asking for money, credit card numbers and even gift cards as payment. He assured the sheriff’s office would never ask for any type of payment over the phone.

Yeager said this scam has been traveling around Georgia for a while, and just recently began popping up in Coweta County.

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