FARMINGTON — Police say a scammer pretending to be a San Juan County Sheriff's Office lieutenant is trying to con people into paying nonexistent fines for failing to appear for jury duty.

People have reported the suspicious calls to the Consumer Protection Division of the New Mexico Attorney General's office, according to a sheriff's office news release.

The caller says he is with the San Juan County Sheriff's Office, but the people who reported the calls to the attorney general's office live in Albuquerque, said Beth Utley, a spokeswoman for the sheriff's office.

The scammer asks the caller for a check or money order to cover the costs for skipping jury duty, according to the news release.

Utley said the sheriff's office doesn't know if anyone actually has paid the suspect.

She said the sheriff's office doesn't issue warrants for failing to appear for jury duty and never asks people for money.