Warning: Residents Beware of Jury Duty Scam
 
News imageCourt officials in multiple counties have reported residents being targeted in a scam involving jury duty fines.

A caller informs the resident that a bench warrant (or a warrant for arrest) has been issued because the person failed to report for jury duty. The caller then instructs them to make a payment by telephone in order to satisfy the bench warrant. Sometimes the caller states that failing to pay this fine will result in a jail sentence. This is a scam.

Do not give out such information over the phone or by email.

Court staff and the Sheriff's Office will NEVER contact citizens by phone or email and ask for money, or any sensitive personal or financial information such as Social Security or credit card numbers. The public is encouraged to report any similar calls or emails to their local county Sheriff's Office.

If you have been a victim of this or a similar scam and have shared your Social Security number, you may also want to report it to the Social Security Fraud Hotline at 1-800-269-0271 and all three major credit bureaus.
 
Publish Date: 01/13/2015