Women warns of jury duty scam

The person on the other line claimed to be Deputy Marshal Michael O’Connor, calling from the United States Citation Department.

PORT ARTHUR, Texas — A new scam is on the horizon, and Port Arthur Police are warning Southeast Texans to be careful of ‘so-called’ official calls asking for money.

This week, Cheryl Underhill got a call saying she had two warrants out for her arrest, because she didn’t show up for jury duty. 

“I said I don’t know anything about this. I didn’t sign anything,” she said.  

The person on the other line claimed to be Deputy Marshal Michael O’Connor, calling from the United States Citation Department.

“When he said he was a deputy marshal I stood up and paid attention,” Underhill said. 

The ‘so-called’ marshal told Underhill if she wanted to stay out of jail, it would cost her.

“He says grand total of $1,500 and he said we cannot take credit card. We cannot take debit card. We cannot take checks. He said we can only take gift certificates,” Underhill said. 

Unfortunately, Underhill fell for it, but was stopped halfway by a Target employee.

“I whispered to her, I said, man,…

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