Jury duty scam hits Richland

TRI-CITIES, Wash. -- KEPR has a scam alert for you. A Richland man was nearly taken by a scammer claiming his wife had skipped jury duty.

Callers were told they missed a jury duty summons and could be arrested if they didn't pay. One man was told to bring $1200 in cash and meet the scammer outside the Benton County Justice Center. Other callers were told to bring gift cards as payment for missing jury duty.

"The way he presented it and the fact that he wanted us to meet us back at the Justice Center, you know, it sounded like maybe this was the real deal," said Michael Lane.

He spoke to a lawyer and learned it was a scam.

Kennewick says this scam has been around for a few years.