Jury Phone Scam Alert

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Most Recent Jury Phone Scam Alert (August 2013)
If you are contacted by a person, via phone, indicating that you missed a scheduled court appearance; and they instruct you to pay a $400.00 fine or risk having a warrant issued for your arrest, please do not give that person any information or money. Please advise the Jury Office at (202) 354-3352.

The caller claims to be court staff. They will request you pay a $400.00 fine or risk having a warrant issued for your arrest. The caller will ask that you take care of the $400.00 fine immediately by going to a Wal-Mart or CVS to purchase a “money pack” – a type of prepaid credit card and to call a specific phone number and read off the number on the money pack card for the payment to be made and the fine to be settled.

The fraud has been reported in multiple courts around the country and so far one federal court in New Mexico.

The FBI & the federal court system have issued nationwide alerts on their web
sites, warning consumers about the fraud.