Being picked for jury duty can be stressful. Receiving a call from someone claiming to be with the local police department or district attorney’s office who says you missed jury duty and are facing arrest is downright terrifying. Reports from consumers suggest that this type of fraud is again on the rise.

The scam works like this: A consumer receives a phone call or voice mail from someone claiming to be with their local police or sheriff’s department, district attorney’s office or the county courts. The caller states that the consumer has missed a jury duty summons and could be arrested if they don’t pay a fine. The caller may even claim that a warrant has already been issued for the consumer’s arrest.

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