The Division of SHIP Relations was notified about a scam which occurs when someone, who claims to be a jury duty coordinator, calls a person to verify they received a summons for jury duty, and that a warrant had been issued for their arrest. If the person states they never received a summons, the scammer asks for their Social Security number and date of birth so he or she can verify the information and cancel the arrest warrant. The person’s identity may be compromised by providing this information.
The fraud has been reported so far in 11 states. This scam is particularly effective because intimidation is used to obtain information from callers pretending to be with the court system.
The FBI and the federal court system have issued nationwide alerts on their websites warning consumers about the fraud. If you receive an email or phone call you believe might be a scam hang up and contact your local law enforcement. Some in law enforcement believe that as fuel prices continue to rise and unemployment remains high there will be more scams and property thefts.