New Card Scam Targets People On Jury Duty

July 8, 2014, Written By Lynn Oldshue

A new credit card scam in Texas is targeting people eligible for jury duty. Residents are accused of missing jury duty and then asked to pay a fine over the phone with a prepaid debit card.

According to Terry Grisham, a spokesman for the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Department, this is an entirely new tactic that the state has not seen until now. The caller uses the name of actual county officials to make the claims more believable, which is why some people are falling for the scam.

In most states, a uniformed officer will serve a warrant in person if someone fails to appear for jury duty.

“If an officer contacts you by phone, it would be to instruct you to immediately report to the jury room or to a court in order to avoid potential sanctions,” said Tarrant Count Jury Services Bailiff Paula Morales in a statement. “No money is ever requested or collected over the phone for failure to report for jury duty.”

While this is purely a local scam in Tarrant County at the moment, it could prove to be an issue in other areas in the near future. If you get a call requesting payment for missed jury duty, consider it a scam and contact officials in your area right away to alert them of the matter.

The information contained within this article was accurate as of July 8, 2014. For up-to-date
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About Lynn Oldshue

Lynn Oldshue has written personal finance stories for for twelve years. She majored in public relations at Mississippi State University.
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