People across the state are receiving emails, voicemails, and and text messages informing them they missed jury duty and need to pay a fine or face arrest.
The con-artists are telling recipients they missed jury duty and must call immediately to avoid jail time. When the victim calls back, the con-artist then ask for personal information, including social security and/or credit card numbers.
Hawaii's BBB urges you to not give out your personal identifiable information as it can lead to identity theft. Here are a few tips for spotting the Jury Duty scam.
- As a rule, jurors are not summoned via email, text message or phone. The court normally communicates through postal 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.