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Jury duty scam making rounds in Whitfield County

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A warning from North Georgia officials: If you get a call about being arrested for not showing up for jury duty, do not give the caller any money. 

A jury duty scam is making its rounds and one Whitfield County woman was minutes away from handing over a lot of money. 

"Five one hundred dollar PayPal gift cards from CVS. He stressed CVS," Edith Walker said. 

That was the specific demand Walker faced Friday morning when someone called her saying she had missed jury duty and needed to pay up or go to jail. 

"I thought, well if I do this, they'll figure out it's not right because we can go and figure it out and even though I'd give him the money, I'd probably get it back," she added. 

But, police say she wouldn't get it back. 

Bruce Frazier with the Dalton Police Department says it's all a scam because law enforcement would never expect you to pay up in that kind of form. 

Channel 3 called the number and got a voice mail of someone claiming to be with the Whitfield County Sheriff's Office. 

Officials with WCSO tell Channel 3 it's a fake number. 

"I went that far. I bought them but I still have them so I can just go back and spend them on my groceries or that sort of thing," Walker added. 

Even though Walker didn't lose any money, she's sharing her story hoping it will help others. 

"Hopefully some of this is going to help someone else from being scammed, because a lot of people don't have a husband to help them like I do. I'm one of the blessed ones to have someone help me," she said. 

If you get any calls like this one, police say hang up and report it immediately. 

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