Con artists using phony jury-duty fines in scam, feds say

Federal authorities issued a warning last week about increasing reports in the region of a jury duty scam.

U.S. District courts in New Mexico, Utah and Colorado have received recent reports about the scam, according to a release from the Administrative Office of U.S. Courts. It’s done by phone and callers posing as federal court employees.

Callers falsely report someone had missed jury duty and must pay a $400 fine or face arrest. The victims, who never received a jury duty summons, are advised to purchase a MoneyPak prepaid credit card, call a designated phone number and provide bank account information.

Federal courts never ask jury candidates to provide information such as Social Security or credit card numbers over the telephone.

“Most contact between a federal court and prospective juror will be through the U.S. Mail,” the Office of U.S. Courts said.

It’s a federal crime to falsely represent to be an employee of the federal judiciary.


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