Franklin Police are warning residents of the jury duty phone scam that continues making its way through the area.

Jury Duty ScamHere is how the scam works: The offender calls an unsuspecting resident, claiming to be with a law enforcement agency. They tell the resident that they have not reported for jury duty, and then threatens their arrest unless the resident either (1) loads a prepaid card with money and then shares the card number and PIN information over the phone, or (2) meets them in person to fork over the cash.

This is not how the real police operate. In fact, police officers will never call you to 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 who have aging parents should talk with their loved ones about scams, 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.