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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

'Jury Duty Scam' Returns to the Area

Several scams have been making their way back through the area within the last couple of weeks. Now, it seems, the jury duty scheme is back, too.

State police say people identifying themselves as court employees have been calling citizens and tell them they have either been selected for jury duty, or that they have not reported for jury duty as directed. Then the caller asks to verify names and Social Security numbers, and asks for credit card numbers. If the request is refused the caller threatens the person with fines.

Police are reminding people that court employees do not contact people by phone and ask for personal information. If you receive one of these calls, hang up. It’s an attempt at identity theft. If you’ve already given out personal information, monitor your account statements and credit reports, and contact your local police department.

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