Franklin police warn of jury duty phone scam

Courtesy: Franklin Police Department

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (WKRN) — Franklin police have issued a warning to residents about a jury duty phone scam making its way through the community.

According to authorities, the suspect calls a resident claiming to be with a local law enforcement agency.

The suspect says the resident has not reported for jury duty and threatens to arrest them unless they buy a prepaid card or iTunes gift card and transfer it to the suspect.

Franklin police remind residents that this is not how law enforcement operates. They will never call and demand payment in lieu of arrest.

If you receive a phone call that you believe is part of a jury duty scam, or any other scam, hang up and call your local law enforcement agency.

Children with aging parents should talk with their loved ones about scams, police say, and warn them to never give anyone numbers or codes to their credit cards, bank cards, or any personal or financial information over the telephone.