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Jul 12, 2014 1:19 AM by Sam Salzwedel

Tucsonan almost falls for jury scam

TUCSON - A scammer almost got a man to give him money for not responding to a jury summons.

The Pima County Jury Commissioner, Kathrine Pollard, said her office has received several complaints about somebody claiming to be a sheriff's deputy. One person even went to the bank to get money.

"It was actually the teller who made the first phone call to us to find out if that could possibly be legitimate," Pollard said. "So it's nice that other people in the community are watching out for vulnerable Pima County residents."

Sallie Badger got that phone call. The caller said her husband even ignored certified mail.

"I told him I was sure this was a scam," she said. "And he very authoritatively told me, 'Ma'am, this is something you need to take care of. Your husband has a class 2 felony.'"

She decided to pursue some of her own justice.

"I did call the individual back. I told him there was a low place in hell for people who preyed on others," Badger said. "And I called him again at 3 o'clock this morning. And I called him again at 6 o'clock this morning."

The jury office advises people to hang up the phone and report the call to the appropriate local law enforcement agency. Potential victims can also call the jury office at 520-724-4222.

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