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Rip-Off Alert: Even those who warn about scams can fall for one

Better Business Bureau (MGN Online)

A person who is used to warning others about potential scams fell victim herself to the Jury Scam.

“Sally” has worked for the Better Business Bureau for years. But earlier this month, a scammer posing as a Washington state sheriff and deputy lured her in with a call. She thought was related to a recent jury summons.

He told her she could face charges and possible jail time.

“He told me there were fines associated with those charges and I needed to come to the Thurston County Sheriff’s Department with bonds certificates to get herself out of the charges,” she said.

“Sally” says the man was aggressive and used police terminology that made him sound official.

Over the course of about two hours, she made several stops to try to get bond certificates and $1,800 in cash to pay for them.

At one point, the man told her to put the money on one of these cards and give him the special codes on the back.

She didn’t realize until later when he claimed there was a problem that she had actually been scammed.

“I felt humiliated and ashamed,” she said.

What stunned her even more was the scammers later tried to recruit her to help scam someone else and earn her money back.

“It’s really difficult to stay one step ahead of these scammers,” said David Quinlan of the Better Business Bureau.

The Better Business Bureau says if you ever get a call similar to “Sally,” get as much information from the person on the phone then look up and verify the information yourself.

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