Posted: Jan 22, 2013 12:11 PM by Melissa Canone
Jefferson Davis Sheriff Ivy Woods wants to warn citizens of a scam that has seen a resurgence recently in this area.
Press Release: "Jury Duty Scam" , imagine your phone rings, you pick up, and the caller identifies himself as an officer of the court. He says you failed to report for Jury Duty and that a Warrant has been issued for your arrest. You say you never received a notice. To clear this up, the caller says he'll need some information for "verification purposes" - your birth date, social security number, and maybe even a credit card number. THIS IS WHEN YOU SHOULD HANG UP THE PHONE, IT'S A SCAM. Never give out personal information when you receive an unsolicited phone call.
This type of scam has been around for years, its bold simplicity may be what makes it so effective. Facing the unexpected threat of arrest, victims are caught off guard and may be quick to part with some information to diffuse the situation. Victims get scared, They're afraid of being labeled a criminal and that's when the scammer offers a solution, pay a fine, payable by credit card, that will clear up the problem. It seems like a very simple scam, The trick is putting the victims on the defensive, then reeling them back in with the promise of a clean slate.
Sheriff Woods says, Don't become a victim, hang up the phone and call the Sheriff's Office yourself. If you make the call to a law enforcement office, you then know who you are talking with.