Watch out! A classic scam is back in action. People across the country are receiving voicemails and text messages informing them they missed jury duty and need to pay $500 or face arrest. More than a dozen states have issued warnings about this scam, which tries to scare victims into parting with personal information.
How the Scam Works:
The scammers leave voicemails and text messges telling recipients they missed jury duty and must return the call immediately to avoid jail time. Scammers have used a variety of phone numbers with area codes originating in different states.
When the victim calls back, the scammers then ask for personal information, including social security and/or credit card numbers. With enough details, scammers can assume a person’s identity and drain his or her bank account.
Tips for Spotting This Scam:
- As a rule, jurors are not summoned via text message or phone. The court normally communicates through mail.
- Do not provide credit card or social security numbers to anyone claiming to represent the court system over the phone.
- If you ever question whether you need to appear for jury duty, call your local court system to check.
For further information about jury duty scams, read the FBI’s warning.
For more information about scams across the US and Canada, see BBB’s online scam directory.