Beware of Jury Duty Scam

1 decade 1 month 3 days ago Wednesday, November 14 2007 Nov 14, 2007 Wednesday, November 14, 2007 5:58:31 PM CST November 14, 2007 in News

The jury duty scam starts with just a simple phone call.

The scam artist calls unsuspecting citizens posing as a government official.

They are informed that they have missed their call to jury duty. They are then told, purposely ignoring a summons could result in an arrest warrant.

The victim is given the option of paying a fine - provided they furnish credit card and social security numbers.

Police say citizens should know that if they are called to jury duty, the only phone call they will receive is an automated message confirming the date.

This money-grabbing scam, also known as "phishing," is just another pattern of scamming police have had to confront.

"What they're trying to do is, they're trying to get your personal information out of you, to either set up fake accounts or clean out whatever accounts you've given them," said Sgt. John White.

Police say that courts never need social security or credit card numbers.

If you are asked to serve on a jury, police recommend, ignore your phone call and check your mail.

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