Jury summons scam popping back up in Pennington County

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PENNINGTON COUNTY, S.D. - Pennington County residents are being warned of a scam that's all too common. Here's what to look for:

Scammers call potential victims on behalf of "local law enforcement," saying they have missed a jury summons. The scammer informs you that they have a warrant for their arrest and that they owe a large sum of money. That's when the scammer will attempt to take money from you in exchange for dropping the warrant. The scammer may ask for money, gift cards, or a wire transfer.

And there's the warning signs - actual local law enforcement agencies will never request payment over the phone, nor will they ask for gift cards or a wire transfer.

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This is a deception that has targeted Pennington County residents in the past. If you think you're being scammed, hang up the phone immediately. And if you're concerned that you may have a warrant, check with the Pennington County Sheriff's Office Warrants Division at 605-394-6117.

As residents continue reporting their victimization, authorities urge everyone to look out for suspicious requests. And even if you aren't a victim, you can help others recognize the red flags by sharing this information.

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