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Jury Duty Scam Concerns Officials

April 10
20:00 2014

A scam relating to jury duty has Utah officials concerned. It could cross state lines, so Arizonans should be aware as well.

gavelIf you get a call from someone claiming to be a court employee telling you a warrant has been issued for your arrest for failing to report for jury duty, you may be getting scammed.

They say that they need to get some personal identifying information such as a Social Security number, a birth date, and sometimes even a credit card, so they can recall that warrant.” –Nancy Volmer, Utah State Courts public information officer

Volmer says it’s unlikely that anyone would receive a phone call from the Utah State Courts about jury duty.

We rarely, if ever, will call a potential juror. And if we do have to call a juror, it’s nothing that we’re going to be requesting personal information from.”–Nancy Volmer

If you skip or miss jury duty, a bench warrant may be issued in your name. You usually won’t receive a phone call, but you could be arrested during a routine traffic stop. Or a sheriff could show up at your door to take you into custody. So jury duty isn’t something to be ignored. But this scam is.

The scam was fairly common several years ago and recently resurfaced in Utah. There are reports of it happening in Provo and Ogden. Similar scams have been reported in the St. George area targeting other court business. These scams have been reported across the nation, so Utah’s not alone.

Anyone who receives a suspicious jury duty warrant call should contact law enforcement immediately.

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