Jury duty scam: A new twist
The jury duty scam is on the rise again in north Alabama. This time scammers are posing as a U.S. Marshalls to scare consumers into paying fines that they do not owe. The hook: You’ve missed jury duty and you must pay a hefty fine or face immediate arrest. The reality: It’s a scam. Victims have already lost from $500-$5000 with this con.
Here’s How the Scam Works
The scammers leave voicemails and text messages telling recipients they missed jury duty and must return the call immediately to avoid jail time. Scammers have used a variety of phone numbers with area codes originating in different states.
When the victim calls back or protests that they didn’t receive any notification of jury duty, scammers ask for private information such as your date of birth, Social Security number, or even credit card number to “verify,” according to the U.S. government. With enough details, scammers can assume a person’s identity and drain his or her bank account.
- As a rule, jurors are not summoned via text message or phone. The court normally communicates through mail.
- Do not provide credit card or social security numbers to anyone claiming to represent the court system over the phone.
- If you ever question whether you need to appear for jury duty, call your local court system to check.