DHR alerts consumer of jury duty scam

July 12, 2006

ATLANTA (GA) – The Georgia Department of Human Resources Division of Aging Services (DAS) is warning the public about a scam involving jury duty. Most citizens take the summonses for jury duty seriously and as a result a new scam has surfaced. These criminals enter your home through the telephone. They call pretending to be some type of court official such as a clerk at the court, a jury coordinator, or a secretary to a judge. The caller states that a warrant has been issued for your arrest because you didn't show up for jury duty. Most often you claim that you never received a summons for jury duty. Then the scammer asks for your Social Security number and date of birth so he or she can verify the information and cancel the arrest warrant. Sometimes they even ask for credit card numbers. DON’T give out this information. If you give out any of this information, it can be used to steal your identity. This scam uses intimidation and preys on people’s commitment to their civic duty. The scam has been reported in eleven states, including Georgia.

“As a resource to families, we want to alert our older adults and vulnerable at-risk adults of this scam so they will be on guard against becoming a victim,” said DAS Director Maria Greene.

The FBI and the federal court system have issued nationwide alerts on their websites, warning consumers about the fraud. If someone calls you claiming you have missed your summons to serve as a juror, you should state that you will follow up with the court directly.

DO NOT give out any personal information over the phone. If you have given out your personal information in this way in the past, contact the three credit bureaus to put a fraud alert on your account and file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission www.ftc.gov and let your local court know that you received this call.

For an educational presentation on consumer fraud, contact your local Area Agency on Aging (AAA). For assistance in finding your local AAA, contact DAS at 404-657-5319.

For information, contact
Edna Jackson; 404-657-1386