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Pleasanton police, sheriff's office issue warning on jury duty scam

Someone claiming to be sheriff's lieutenant making phone calls seeking money

The Pleasanton Police Department and Alameda County Sheriff's Office have issued warnings about a scam targeting county residents.

There have been recent reports of citizens receiving phone calls from someone claiming to be a lieutenant with the Alameda County Sheriff's Office. The caller alleges that the resident failed to report for jury duty and that a fine has been assessed against them.

The citizen is then requested to go to a nearby CVS and send a $500 money order to take care of the fine. They may also be asked to address the supposed fine over the phone.

The Superior Court of Alameda County typically sends a failure to appear notice before taking any action. It does not call citizens by phone.

The police department advises anyone who receives such a call to hang up and inform others so they do not fall victim to the scam. Questions can be directed to the sheriff's office tip line, 510-667-3622.

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