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.
If the consumer responds to the caller; they are instructed to send money to the scammer to pay a fine to avoid arrest. The consumer is asked to provide a bank account number, wire money, use a cash app or put cash on a prepaid debit card or a gift card and send it to the scammer. In some cases, the scam may be used to trick a consumer into providing sensitive personal information such as a Social Security number, date of birth or credit card or debit card number.
This scam preys on consumers’ fear of law enforcement and unfamiliarity with how the jury duty summons process works. The caller may appear to be very legitimate, with Caller ID showing a local number with police department information and an official-sounding voice on the phone. To help consumers see…