STAMFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — The Stamford Police Department is investigating a jury duty scam that they are linking to a state prison gang in Georgia. Officials have received multiple calls from residents reporting that they have been contacted and told that they have missed jury duty.
The potential scam victims are told that they need to pay a fine or will be immediately arrested. Police say the residents are then instructed to pay the fines in the form of Green Dot cards.
The suspects search the internet for victims and get their nicknames and family members’ names. The suspects have also mentioned local judges to make the scam seem more legitimate, according to police.
Police investigations have traced the activity to a known prison gang called “Ghost Face”. The gang operates mostly out of Autrey State Prison in Georgia.
Police want to assure residents that no police department or government agency will call and ask you to pay a fine using Green Dot cards. No police department or government agency will allow you to make a payment in lieu of being arrested, officials say.
If you are contacted by someone claiming to be from a government agency and you are skeptical of their credentials, you may contact the Stamford Police Department’s Financial Crimes Unit at (203) 977-4407.