'Clerk Employee' Calls Saying You've Missed Jury Duty Are a Scam
Feb 11th 2011 1:30PM
Updated Feb 11th 2011 7:24PM
Scam callers claiming to be government employees are trying to steal personal information by pretending to collect information for a jury pool.
In the scam, officials identify themselves as a "clerk employee" and warn that the person on the receiving end has missed jury duty. They then ask for identifying data, such as a Social Security number, said state officials.
"It is critical that our citizens understand that they will never receive an unsolicited call from the ... jury office about jury duty, nor will anyone ask for a juror's Social Security number," said West Palm Beach Clerk and Comptroller Sharon R. Bock. She put out a warning this week about the scam.She said this isn't the first time fake jury calls have hit the phones. The FBI issued a warning about the scams in 2006 when residents in Florida, New York, Minnesota, Illinois, Colorado, Oregon, California, Virginia, Oklahoma, Arizona and New Hampshire were targeted.
A similar wave swept Florida in 2007, but that time fake callers pretended they needed to collect fines for missing jury duty, or they claimed an arrest warrant had been issued for missing jury duty.
If you receive such a call, you should contact your local police. And don't give out your personal information to unexpected callers.