How it works: You answer the phone and someone tells you that you failed to turn up for jury duty. They need your personal details so the court can cancel an arrest warrant. Or they’re calling to confirm personal details for future jury duty. Or they need your credit card numbers to pay a fine—or you’ll be arrested.
No matter what a stranger tells you over the phone, don’t give out your information like your Social Security number or your birth date or credit card numbers. If in doubt, contact the court directly. And report the incident to the police.
You should know that courts almost always correspond with private citizens via snail mail and rarely if ever call prospective jurors. Federal courts do not require anyone to give out sensitive information over the phone. And many courts post warnings about the jury duty scam right on their websites, along with a disclaimer stating that they will not call and ask you for sensitive information.
Personally, I have never received a call like this, but then, I have an unlisted phone number. I also screen my calls and only pick up if I know the caller personally. In my opinion, this saves me a lot of hassle. If it’s important, they can leave a message and a valid phone number for me to call back.