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Commissioner Fickes Warns of Jury Duty Scam

Jun 11, 2014 09:07AM ● By 16560

Listen up Tarrant County: citizens are being contacted about a jury duty scam that has ramped up over the last month, prompting authorities to release warnings.

The county took more than 30 reports from residents receiving calls from scammers. The jury services office and the county district attorney’s office believe they have only discovered the tip of the iceberg with this scam.

Here’s what happening, a man is calling residents and identifying himself as Lieutenant Allen with the Sheriff’s office, Police Department and Constable’s office. The caller then informs the resident that they have failed to report for jury duty and a fine is assessed. The fine ranges from $2,000 to $4,000, and the victim can pay their fine by getting a Green Dot money card and giving the caller the numbers over the phone.

This allows the scam artist to receive the money without any face-to-face contact.

Tarrant County’s Jury Services office would never contact a person by phone to pay a fine for failing to appear for jury duty, according to a release from Commissioner Gary Fickes.

Instead, the office would send a notice before taking any action, and if a warrant is issued, there is no warning call or fine payment in lieu of jury service.

If a person is contacted about jury duty and the Green Dot money card scam begins, county officials are urging residents to write down the phone number of the caller, refrain form giving out any personal information and contact their local police department immediately.