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Beware of Fake Jury Duty Messages

June 2009

Several citizens have reported that they have been contacted by a person who represents himself as an officer of the court and advises the citizen that they failed to show up for jury duty. The citizen receiving the call of course states that they never received a notice and did not know anything about it. The caller then advises to clear the matter up the citizen must provide some information for "verification purposes". The information may include name, birth date , social security number, and may request a credit card number. If you receive a call such as this, HANG UP THE PHONE.

What makes this scam so effective is its simplicity. Victims are caught off guard, especially with the fear of possible arrest, and to make the matter "go away" they are quick to give out important personal information. Be aware that with enough information scammers can assume your identity and empty your bank accounts, not to mention the amount of time and money one will spend to correct the situation. Protecting yourself is the key. Never give out personal information when you receive unsolicited phone calls.

Legitimate correspondence with a prospective juror is generally conducted through the U.S. Mail and local court personnel never ask jurors for banking or credit card information.

Should you receive information concerning a scam or any other crime, please contact the Sheriff's Office at 804-333-8066 or through the methods provided by this web site.


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