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Police warn of phone scam
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There's a new phone scam going around and the Conyers Police Chief Gene Wilson wants people to be aware of it.

The scam involves a caller identifying themselves as a police officer, then claiming that the victim missed jury duty and must put money on a Green Dot card, which is like a prepaid card.

Conyers Police spokesperson Kim Lucas says that no one in Conyers has reported any such crimes happening to them but it's been occurring in various parts of Georgia at a frequent enough rate that it was worth letting people know about.

Reports of this type of scam have occurred in cities like Carrollton and Gainesville. Chatham and Carroll Counties also have had reports, but there are others.

"It's kind of been all over," she said.

Lucas says that no legitimate court or department in the state requires people to put money on a prepaid card or to wire money to an account for missing jury duty. Targets of these scams are usually the elderly.

If you or someone you know receives a phone call of this nature, Lucas suggests asking the person calling to identify themselves specifically and also get a direct phone number from the person.

The phone number could be used by police to possibly find the callers.