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Don't fall for the Jury Duty Scam, Warns LA Superior Court

No One From the Court Will Call You--Never Give a Caller Money!

 

August 24, 2016

Robert Downey Jr. shows up for Jury Duty in Los Angeles

The Los Angeles Superior Court today warned that scammers posing as sheriff's deputies may call you. The scammers will tell you that you are in contempt of court for missing jury duty. They will motivate you by claiming they have a warrant for your arrest.

The victims are told the only way to clear up the warrant is to pay the bail, in amounts from $2,000-$5,000. Scammers tell victims that once it is paid, they can go to the courthouse to get the paperwork clearing them of the warrant.

The scammers contact the victims by phone and are instructed to then go to a grocery store or Office Depot and purchase "Reloadit" cards with the money. Once purchased, the victims are told to read off the numbers on the cards to the person on the phone. The victims are then instructed to mail the cards to the local courthouse, not realizing that the cards were compromised as soon as they gave the numbers over the phone.

The scammers have been persistent in contacting victims, calling until they are able to speak with someone over the phone.

Court personnel will never contact the public over the phone to demand payment. Sensitive personal information such as a social security number is never requested by court staff. Credit card information is only requested if a member of the public contacts the Court to make a payment.

People with questions about calls or emails regarding jury service should contact the Court's Juror Services at 1-800-778-5879.

 

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