Scam Alert! Jury Duty Hoax
According to the New York Department of State, Division of Consumer Protection, scammers disguised as law enforcement officers or court officials are calling victims, informing them that they must pay a fine for failing to attend jury duty, or risk arrest.
These scammers will request an immediate credit card payment, as well as a victim's Social Security number and date of birth. They target immigrants, who are unfamiliar with the court system, or seniors.
These scams have been reported in many states nationwide, including New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
To protect yourself from becoming victimized by this type of scam, Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis advises the following:
- Jury duty notices are sent in writing through U.S. Mail from your local county clerk
- Should you have phone contact with a court official, you will never be asked for confidential personal information
- It is only safe to provide personal information on call that you have initiated with a reputable contact
- Please contact the local county clerk if you are concerned that you have missed a jury duty summons.
-Contributed by SILive.com
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