Scammers use these approaches to create victims by keying on the general reluctance and apprehension people have for courts and jury duty.

The first one involves a phone call from someone advising that you didn’t show up for jury duty – that will create some fear of having done something illegal by not attending.  The scam is that the caller will then request that you provide personal information so they can update the file and cancel an arrest warrant.  The possible arrest warrant is another tactic to play on fears and make you inclined to provide the requested information.

A similar scam involves a caller, posing as a court employee, asking you to provide personal information for possible jury duty.  Once again, even though you may not be enthused about jury duty, you are tempted to provide the information to avoid any penalty for refusing.

Don’t provide personal information when requested to do so by telephone or text.  If it’s in writing, you can verify legitimacy by calling the sender for confirmation before responding.

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