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Monday, June 01, 2015

Jury Duty Phone Scam Alert

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?

2 comments:

dog lover said...

Did you save the number? This is quite a popular scam now. They always come with different numbers. I also found some complaints about this "Grand Jury Duty" scam at my facebook feeds, Twitter, and some sites like http://whycall.me. All that I can say is just hung up the phone if you received these calls, and directly report the numbers to FTC or police department immediately.

Under the Sky ... said...

Hi!

Yes, I spoke to a detective in charge of the investigation, and he said they use burner phones. It is very hard to track these guys, but yes, I did follow up with the authorities. :)

Thanks!

Warmly,
Kate