Phone scams have become abundant recently. The most recent phone scammers in North Dakota are now claiming you're in trouble for missing jury duty.

According to Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, a scammer will call you and claim that you missed jury duty, and threaten to have you arrested immediately unless you pay a hefty fine.

However, there are some versions of the scam that aren't quite as efficient. They will instruct you over the phone to purchase prepaid cash cards or gift cards, then read the numbers from the back of those cards. Some version of the scam even ask for cash to be sent overnight in exchange for a discounted fine. As you can tell, these scammers aren't exactly criminal masterminds.

As you can tell, these scammers aren't exactly criminal masterminds.

It's important to use common sense should you be contacted by one of these scammers. Know that courts will never call and threaten you with arrest for not attending jury duty, and that no form of law enforcement will ever ask you to mail cash, or purchase prepaid cash cards or gift cards. Please do not fall victim to this scam.

Source: Valley News Live