Woman claims jury duty scam almost fooled her

He made it seem real. A Terre Haute woman says a man called her home, said she missed jury duty and now she is going to jail if she doesn't pay.

Posted: Nov. 24, 2017 7:30 PM
Updated: Nov. 24, 2017 11:57 PM

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - He made it seem real. A Terre Haute woman says a man called her home, said she missed jury duty and now she is going to jail if she doesn't pay.

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Patty Jones says she came home from work the day before Thanksgiving and checked her phone messages. What she heard was disturbing.

"He was very, very believable and he was scarring me."

Patty says the caller claimed to be from the Vigo County Sheriff's Office calling about an urgent matter. She called back.

The man said he was Captain Steven Lane. He told Patty she missed jury duty. Now a warrant was out for her arrest and she could end up behind bars on Thanksgiving.

Patty asked the man what she needed to do to avoid jail time and he said she would need to pay bail totaling $1,763.23.

"I needed to get some kind of packs and each of these packs cost five hundred dollars each."

The man asked Patty if she had access to cash. Patty says that's when she knew for sure the man was trying to scam her. The call continued but eventually the man got mad and Patty says he hung up on her.

News 10 called the number back looking for answers but no one picked up the phone. The call appears to come from a Columbus, Indiana number.

We reached out to the authorities, as well. They say they get these types of scam reports often and there is no Captain Steve Lane employed with the Vigo County Sheriff's Office.

Patty says she wants others to be cautious.

"He was very, very believable and I do not want this to happen to somebody that he'll take their money."

Officials say some scammers are calling people claiming to be U.S. Marshals and other law enforcement agents.

Authorities say they never ask for personal information over the phone, especially financial records.

Local police say if you get a call like this you should hang up, block the number and report the incident to the authorities.

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