In recent times, a disturbing trend has been on the rise across the nation – the nationwide jury duty scam that preys on unsuspecting individuals, instilling fear by threatening arrest. This deceptive scheme exploits the anxiety and confusion surrounding jury duty, aiming to manipulate people into divulging personal information or paying fraudulent fines. In this blog, we will shed light on the nature of this scam, how it works, and most importantly, how to protect yourself from becoming a victim.
The nationwide jury duty scam typically begins with a phone call or an official-looking letter claiming to be from a local court or law enforcement agency. The scammer will assert that the recipient has failed to fulfill their civic duty by not appearing for jury duty and, as a result, is facing imminent arrest. The threats of legal consequences and arrest are designed to create panic and coerce individuals into compliance.
Scammers employ scare tactics to increase the likelihood of their victims complying with their demands. They may mention fictitious fines, imminent arrest warrants, or court appearances to pressure individuals into providing sensitive personal information, such as social security numbers, bank details, or even payments in the form of gift cards or wire transfers.
On January 11, 2024, the Wilmington Star News reported on the front page an increase in these types of scams. Collins Law Firm has received calls from potential victims of these types of scams in Brunswick County, New Hanover County, and Pender County. In each and every case, the caller seeking legal advice was told by our staff that it was almost certainly a scam. And every single case in which we were retained to investigate, we were able to conclude it was a scam perpetrated by fraudsters. Please google Wilmington Star News “Jury Duty Scam Threatens Arrest if the Fine Isn’t Paid” and read the article.
If you or someone you know receive a traffic ticket or any other criminal charge in New Hanover, Pender, or Brunswick Counties, or if you or someone you know get seriously injured in an accident at which they were not at fault, call Collins Law Firm at 910-793-9000 for a confidential consultation about what we can do to help you.
By Jana H. Collins