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The Catawba County Sheriff’s Office was recently notified that there is a “jury duty scam” being conducted. The caller is asking for money on green dot cards. According to the Sheriff’s Office, the scammers are even giving out names of deputies saying they will come and arrest you if you don’t pay.
According to the North Carolina Judicial Branch website, these “jury duty scams” periodically make their rounds in North Carolina. Elderly North Carolinians are often targeted and are said to be particularly vulnerable to this scam, but anyone can be victimized. Members of the public have reported being scammed out of thousands of dollars as a result of these scams. In reality, per North Carolina statute the penalty for disobeying a jury summons is currently $50 for each time a juror fails to appear.
The scam has evolved over the years, but the premise is usually the same. The caller will typically use one or more of a variety of tactics, including but not limited to:
They’ll claim to be a judge or member of the court, local police, local sheriff’s office, or a federal agency. They often use the name of a real judge or officer obtained from a public source, and may even use a fake Caller ID depicting a number from that office. They will often use details about you obtained from a public source. And they will often claim that you have failed to appear for jury service or jury duty.
The Catawba County Sheriff’s Office urges those receiving these calls to not give these scammers any money and simply hang up the phone. It is also suggested that you block the number as well. No law enforcement agency will call you and demand money like this.