Jury duty scam calls traced to Georgia prison

Originally published January 28, 2016 Someone at a state prison in Georgia is trying to scam people in Outagamie County, according to a report from the Sheriff’s Office.

A caller will identify himself as a “Lieutenant Jerry Nelson” or a “Sergeant Mike Harris” of the Outagamie County Sheriff’s Office.

The caller tells the potential victim there is a warrant out for missing jury duty. The suspect tells the victim to buy a pre-paid cash card or give credit card information over the phone to settle the warrant.

Investigators traced these calls to Macon State Prison in Georgia. The Outagamie County Sheriff’s Office is working with Georgia Department of Corrections investigators to find out who is making these calls.

In the meantime, officials stress that any request to pay off a warrant over the phone is a scam.

Do not give these callers claiming to be police or financial institutions any personal information over the phone.