Officials warn of jury duty scam

June 12, 2008 8:20:00 AM PDT
Cumberland County Sheriff investigators are warning the public about an identity theft scam involving a summons for jury duty. The scam causing concern for law enforcement is one where an individual calls a citizen asking about jury service. The caller implies the citizen missed jury duty and a warrant is being issued for their arrest. When the citizen protests the claim, the scammer asks the citizen for their social security number and date of birth so the information can be verified and the arrest warrant cancelled. Quite often the scammer bullies the citizen for this information by posing as a law enforcement officer or a member of the court system. So far this fraudulent activity has been reported in 11 states. The FBI and the federal court system have been made aware of the scam through websites and public warnings.

"Never give your personal information over the telephone no matter how intimidating the person on the other end of the telephone becomes," warns Sheriff Butler. "Ask the caller to leave a telephone number where you can return their call and report the activity immediately to this office."

Any citizen who has a complaint of this nature is urged to contact the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office at (910) 323-1500.


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