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'Failure to appear' jury duty scam aims to take thousands from Richmond citizens

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) -- The Richmond Sheriff's Office identified an over-the-phone scam on May 30 that attempts to scare citizens into paying thousands for missing jury duty that was never scheduled. 

A woman received a message from someone identifying himself as Captain Roland, a Deputy Sheriff with the City of Richmond Sheriff's Office. 

The man alleging to be a Captain Roland leaves a contact number of (804)-220-5522 after explaining to the woman she has a citation for failure to appear for jury duty. 

The message claims that the fine for the citation is $1,996.52 and that the woman would need to report to 1710 Fairfield Way to pay the fine. 

Captain Roland does not work with the City of Richmond and is not a deputy, according to Richmond Police. 

The City of Richmond has a jury duty process which requires prospective jurors to fill out a questionnaire.

The information is then entered into a Jury Tracking system and qualified jurors are mailed Jurors Summons indicating the dates they are expected to serve as a jury member. 

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