GOLDEN - The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office is warning people not to fall victim to a phone scam hitting the area.
Authorities said they have received several reports from people who received phone calls from a man pretending to be a major with the sheriff's office.
The man introduced himself as "Major Tom Wilson," and told the victims that they had missed jury duty and were going to be arrested.
The scammer told the victims they could avoid going to jail if they go to Walmart or Walgreens and buy $500 Green Dot MoneyPak cards. The cards would supposedly cover the fines for failing to appear for jury duty. The suspect instructed the victim to buy the cards, scratch off the numbers on the back, and provide those numbers to the scammer.
Investigators say an at-risk adult followed the instructions and actually provided the card numbers to the scammer.
If you received a call similar to this and have yet to report it, you are encouraged to do so by calling 303-271-0211.
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