Erie County residents advised to “Just Hang Up” in new jury duty scam

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – A new phone scam is targeting Erie County residents, the Erie County Sheriff’s Department warns.

An individual claiming to be an Erie County Sheriff’s Department agent has contacted several residents, stating that they failed to appear for jury duty and threatening to arrest the residents unless they pay $2,500 fine. The suspect is using the name “Robert Stzeczario”, badge number #40591.

Residents are advised to ignore this scam and hang up the phone if they receive a similar call.

“The Sheriff’s Office does not contact residents via phone for the purpose of serving warrants or collect fines through a third party pre-paid card service,” the sheriff’s department said in a statement.

Sheriff’s Office detectives are investigating two incidents where individuals paid the”fines” but they have been unsuccessful in contacting the perpetrators via several phone numbers being utilized in the scam. Detectives believe the calls are being generated from a disposable phone or via the internet and the calls are untraceable.

“The best advice to residents is to “Just Hang Up,” the press release read.

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