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Police investigating jury duty scams in Hillsboro

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HILLSBORO, OR (KPTV) -

Hillsboro police reported that two residents from Hillsboro were called by a male suspect Wednesday who claimed to be from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

The suspect told them that they had missed jury duty and must pay a fine.

He continued to tell the victims that the money must be sent through Western Union.

The first person called was a 73-year-old woman who immediately called police after realizing it was a scam.

Officials report that the suspect than called an 85-year-old man who was asked to send 7,000 dollars in a similar way.

The man tried to send money to the suspect, but an alert manager at an Albertson’s grocery store realized it was a scam and called police.

The suspect is described as a male with a southern accent.

The Washington County Sheriff’s office does not issue fines for missing jury duty, and does not call people to send payments in any way.

Police are encouraging people to be aware of these scams, and always verify anyone attempting to collect money.  

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