Thursday, February 15, 2007

Jury Duty Scam

According to a press release from the Office of the Jury Commissioner, "Citizens from around the state have received calls from people claiming to be court officials chasing scofflaws who have missed jury duty. When the target protests that they knew nothing of the supposedly missed jury duty, the caller demands personal identifying information (such as Social Security numbers and dates of birth) to confirm that the target is not at risk of fine or arrest." The office never phones individuals, and all legitimate communication from them is done by mail or email. They urge, "If you receive a telephone call claiming that you or someone you know has missed jury duty, under no circumstances should you give the caller any personal information about yourself or anyone else."