FORSYTH, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - The Monroe County Sheriff's Office wants to stop the jury duty scam in its tracks.
Police say people in the area have been receiving phone calls, text messages and even voice mails claiming they missed jury duty. They are than told they have to pay $500 or be arrested. The Better Business Bureau says it's an old scam but unfortunately seems to work.
"When these people try to scare you into thinking that a warrant's been issued for your arrest, sheriff's office is on their way, don't let that throw you off," says Collins with the Better Business Bureau in Macon.
It's scare tactics that police fear will cause victim's to fall prey to serious crimes.
"People out there are willing to take advantage of anybody and they'll do just that and sometimes there will be instances where you can lose more than just your money, you can lose your life," said Allison Selman-Willis with the MCSO.
Police say this scam is quickly spreading across the area with at least six counties reporting suspicious activity.
Authorities say if you ever question your civic duties as a juror, call the court system. Jurors are never summoned via text message.