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Jury duty phone scam hits West Texas

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Updated: 7/10/2014 9:25 pm
A new scam is targeting people in West Texas for supposedly skipping out of Jury Duty.
The Midland County Sherrif says a man is calling residents at random, demanding $1,000 be paid via Paypal.
He promises a court house meeting to provide a receipt, then never shows.

Lubbock County Judge Bill Sowder says there are certain things that will never happen, even if you do skip jury duty. 
"You'll never get that type of notice on the internet or on the web that say: you didn't show up, you lose, you can't pass go, pay a thousand dollars. that just won't happen," Sowder said, "So if you follow the instructions and do what you're supposed to do, than you know when you get one of those, even if you didn't even up participating in the system that you were properly excused and you can tell those people to go take a hike."

If you happen to receive a suspicious call, especially from someone demanding money, contact authorities right away. 
You can always contact the court house directly if you do happen to miss jury duty.  
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