Jury Duty Phone Scam Alert
A "Deputy Shawn Gordon" called me Friday morning to tell me that I was in contempt of court due to a no-show for a federal grand jury selection. He told me I had two class C misdemeanors filed against me and that I could either turn myself into the sheriff's department to face any number of days in jail or I could pay my "bonds" via the phone call. It was a "courtesy" call before the warrant for my arrest was issued.
Now, I consider myself pretty savvy when it comes to scams, but this guy was *on it* and he knew how to talk. About half way through the conversation I started to think - hmmm, some of this stuff isn't sounding right. I told him I could not pay without speaking to my husband so he gave me a phone number that I'd need to use right away because they had to file the warrant immediately after the "courtesy" phone call.
I hung up, called the Jury Commissioner's office and spoke to someone directly there. It was a total scam. They do not try to collect money over the phone - ever. People - be aware. These folks are smart and capable and can answer almost any question you throw at them.
Be aware. All I can say is that I am very glad I am not going to spend the weekend in jail.
Anything like this ever happen to you?