Most of us have received a jury summons in the past, and whether you consider it a hassle or a civic duty, almost everyone reports. But what if someone told you that you failed to report and there was a warrant out for your arrest? That's the twist on a scam that many trusting Americans have been falling for for years.
The scammer calls and claims that, because you have failed to show up for jury duty, your freedom is now in jeopardy. Of course, the victim will truthfully claim that they never received a summons -- and then the swindler pounces. For "verification" purposes, they'll need your social secutiry number, driver's license number, date of birth -- the boldest scam artists will sometimes even ask for a credit card number.
The cardinal rule to avoid this tricky scam is -- never give out personal info on a call you did not initiate. This holds true for court officers, government officials, banking or credit card companies, among others.
Also remember: a court officer will rarely, if ever, call you in relation to jury service. The courts almost always follow up via postal mail, especially if you have missed jury service. Jurors will occasionally receive a call after sending in a completed questionaire -- but this doesn't happen very often.
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