Court Officials Warn Public to Beware of Jury Duty Scam
 
News imageMecklenburg County court officials have discovered that Mecklenburg County residents are being targeted for the latest scam involving jury duty. A caller poses as a Deputy Sheriff with the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office and informs the resident they have failed to report for jury duty and will be fined. The caller then instructs the resident to make a payment in order to avoid coming to court.

In one reported incident, someone representing themselves as a Deputy called a resident and told her she had failed to report for jury duty and needed to pay $400 toward a prepaid debit / credit card in order to avoid coming to court. The person gave her the name of Tom Allen Badge # 836. The caller told her to call him back to provide him with the debit / credit card information.

In another reported incident, a woman came into the Arrest Processing lobby of Mecklenburg County Jail Central and was confused and concerned about a telephone call she had purportedly received from the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office. The woman told a Sheriff's Deputy she had received a call from someone claiming to be with the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office and the person told her that a warrant had been issued for her arrest because she had missed jury duty. The caller instructed her to immediately obtain a "Green Dot" prepaid debit card in the amount of $350 and deliver it to the Mecklenburg County Courthouse at 832 E. Fourth Street. The woman was also instructed to scratch the back of the card to reveal a number so that she could give it to the caller when they called back a short time later. The woman was suspicious of the call so she did not obtain the card and actually lost no money.

These phone calls are creating unnecessary anxiety for Mecklenburg County residents and creating extra work for court officials and the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office who have received numerous phone calls from worried residents.

In the past, several telephone scams have been conducted using jury duty as a guise to obtain personal information. The 26th Judicial District cautions citizens as follows: Jury Management staff and the Sheriff's Office will NEVER contact citizens by phone or email and ask for Social Security numbers, credit card numbers, money, or any other sensitive personal or financial information. Do not give out such information over the phone or by email. The public is encouraged to report any such calls or emails received to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.

If you have been a victim of this or a similar scam and have shared your Social Security number, you may also want to report it to the Social Security Fraud Hotline at 1-800-269-0271 and all three major credit bureaus.

For more information regarding this news release, please contact Charles Keller, Community Access and Outreach Administrator, at 704 686-0269 or charles.w.keller@nccourts.org.
 
Publish Date: 08/23/2013