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Updated: 3/15 10:02 am
LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- Con artists are targeting unsuspecting seniors in Clark County and stealing their money.

A phone scam is taking advantage of potential jurors by threatening them with jail time.

Tonight, a local man shares his story with News 3 hoping to prevent others from becoming victims.

Imagine getting a phone call from someone threatening to make an arrest if you don’t pay a fine for avoiding jury duty.

One Las Vegas man watched our story about the scheme, and then got a scam call of his own demanding that he pay up.

At one point, we all get a notice for jury duty. It's part of our civic duty; and now, it's also at the root of a malicious scam.

“I was very fearful,” said 64-year-old Richard Smith who came home to a threatening voice-mail from a phony cop.

“My name is Lt. Gore. I'm with the Clark County Sheriff's Department warrants division,” said the voice on the phone message. “At this time I'm processing a warrant in failure to appear for your arrest.”

If you receive a scam call concerning jury service or other similar scam calls, contact the Attorney General's Office hotline at: (702)386-3132.

District Court Officials remind everyone that the court never solicits money for missing jury service and urges Clark County residents to be alert.

Smith was told the arrest warrant is for not for showing up for jury duty.

“With that being said sir, failure to make contact with me before the end of the business day will result in your license to be suspended and your warrant to be entered into the state system,” says voice on the phone.

“This sounded incredibly legitimate and of course when you hear a warrant for your arrest and subject to having your license suspended you're just very fearful,” Smith said.

Smith returns the call and the caller says he could prevent the arrest if he pays the fine of $487.30.

“He directed me to basically to go to one of their outlets and to purchase one of these Green Dot money packs,” Smith said.

Smith purchased the card and went to work, where he told his boss what had happened --and that's when his co-workers warned him of the scam.

Smith said he saw a News 3 story on the internet about this, and he realized he had been duped -- but not conned out of his money.

“I was fearful that I was going to be arrested or now knowing that it was a scam that I would have been out almost $500 dollars,” Smith said.
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