If you have recently gotten a call from someone claiming you are in contempt of court due to missing jury duty, you may have been a victim of the latest local telephone scam.
The fraudulent caller claims to be with the local police, sheriff’s department, district attorney’s office, or the county courts and will tell the victim that they have missed jury summons and therefore could be found in contempt of court. Sometimes, the caller may even claim there is a warrant for the victim’s arrest. The caller then instructs the individual to send money to avoid their arrest.
The caller will ask the victim to provide their bank account information or send money via cash app, PayPal, Venmo, or wire transfer. The scammer has also previously tricked victims into providing sensitive personal information, such as date of birth, Social Security number, or their credit and debit card numbers.
“Please be aware that even though these calls appear to be from a local police or sheriff department phone number, a law officer or judge would never demand payment from a public member, nor would an officer come to collect money from you,” District Attorney John (Bubba) Bramlett said. “These scammers are using real names, and it appears they have all your correct information, but please don’t fall victim.”
Courts almost exclusively contact individuals about jury duty or missed jury duty by postal mail – not by phone or email. Also be aware that actual court-related phone calls will only take place during regular business hours. Bramlett warns to not fall victim to phone scams or any other scams in which someone you don’t know asks for personal information.
If you believe you may have been a victim to this missed jury duty scam or any other telephone scam, report the incident to 601-825-1472.