Scams

The Jury Duty Scam – Don’t Expect a Call from the Court

 

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You get an unexpected call from someone who claims he/she is with the district court. Apparently, you didn’t respond to a jury duty summons and now there’s a warrant out for your arrest.

You don’t remember getting a summons, but just assume that you missed it. Well, if you did, something could happen, but it’s really unlikely you’ll get arrested.

“The court’s not going to call you either, or the police, and say, ‘You were supposed to be here. There’s a warrant out for your arrest,’” said Jeannette Kopko of the Dallas Better Business Bureau.

The caller will say something about how you can get the warrant fixed, simply by paying a fine. That fine could cost you hundreds or thousands of dollars. You’re also at risk for identity theft.

“They could also do other things to get money that are in your name and you end up losing out,” said Kopko.

If, for some reason, a court were to call you, it wouldn’t ask for your personal information over the phone. So, don’t give it to a scammer.

“They get people’s attention because they claim that there’s a warrant out, that there’s a fine, that you could end up going to jail,” explained Kopko.

If you do get one of these calls, hang up immediately, don’t give them any of your personal information, and report the call to law enforcement.

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