Clark County is warning its residents of a scam involving jury services.
Scammers have called citizens to tell them they have missed jury service and must either meet with someone or provide banking, credit card, or other information to avoid jail time, stated a news release from the county.
Clark County Superior Court and Clark County District Court do not initiate calls about warrants, fees, fines or other forms of payment for jury service, stated the release.
Most of the scams involved a resident who received a call stating there is a citation for a bench warrant since they missed jury service.
Below are some of the examples of scams Clark County citizens have experienced:
• The caller states that a citation must be paid immediately, or the juror will be subject to arrest, or an arrest warrant will be issued.
• The caller states that District Court Judge James B. Smith has issued the juror a warrant for a failure to appear for jury service.
• The caller may identify themselves as a law enforcement or court deputy and provide a badge number and phone number.
• The caller may ask for the person’s name, address or social security number.
• The caller may tell the person to stay on the phone and not attempt to disconnect.
• The caller may direct the person to meet them with cash or pay for the citation over the phone.
“If you receive a call from individuals using any of the above tactics, do not give any personal information or pay any sum of money,” said Court Administrator Cheryl A. Stone of Superior Court in the release. “Obtain as much information as you can about the caller and report it to your local police department.”
Jurors who fail to appear for jury service are encouraged to call the Clark County Courthouse at 564-397-2049. If a juror does not call, they may be subject to a misdemeanor for failure to appear.
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