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Scammers threaten arrest, ask for money in jury duty scam

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -

Saturday, local authorities warned of a new phone scam targeting people in Sioux City.

They say two men posing as members of law enforcement are calling local numbers demanding money and threatening arrest.  They are using the name of an actual Sioux City police officer, Lieutenant Harris, along with the name Captain Brown.

They appear to be targeting the elderly.

One former Sioux City man received a telephone call saying his 87-year-old mother failed to show up for jury duty and faced a $450 fine.  When he refused to pay up, the caller threatened to arrest her.

We're not using the man's name to protect his mother's identity.

"I asked them why they felt they needed to go arrest my mother. My mom would not be able to go to jury duty. She would not be suitable to serve on a jury. I thought then that something seemed a little bit amiss,” he told us over the phone.

The Sioux City Police say the callers are using a local number.  They say the scammers speak with strong southern accents and are very persistent.

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