Police Issue Warning For “Jury Duty Scam”

Posted on: 8:00 pm, May 14, 2013, by , updated on: 08:27am, May 15, 2013

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Another day, another scam to be on the lookout for. According to police the “jury duty scam” has been reported in 11 states and they fear it could soon start popping up here.

Police said the caller claims to be a jury duty coordinator. If you protest that you never received a summons for jury duty, the scammer asks you for your Social Security number and date of birth so he or she can verify the information and cancel the arrest warrant. Give out any of this information and — bingo — your identity was just stolen.

The fraud has been reported so far in 11 states, including Oklahoma, Illinois, Colorado, Arizona, and Oregon. This swindle is particularly insidious because they use intimidation over the phone to try to bully people into giving information by pretending they are with the court system.

Madison County Court Administrator Kim Gray said her office never calls jurors and if you do receive a call you should contact local police right away.