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Utah State Courts Warn of Jury-Duty Scam

PHOTO: The Utah State Courts are advising the public about a jury duty scam. Photo courtesy Utah State Courts.
PHOTO: The Utah State Courts are advising the public about a jury duty scam. Photo courtesy Utah State Courts.
April 10, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY – Officials with the Utah State Courts are cautioning the public about a scam that relates to jury duty.

Nancy Volmer, public information officer at the Utah State Courts, explains the scam involves the victim being called by someone claiming to be a court employee and telling the victim that a warrant has been issued for his or her arrest for failing to report for jury duty.

"And they're saying that they need to get some personal identifying information such as a Social Security number, a birth date, and sometimes even a credit card, so they can recall that warrant," she adds.

Volmer says the scam was fairly common several years ago and only recently resurfaced in Utah. She says there are reports of it happening in Provo and Ogden.

Also, Volmer says there are reports of similar scams in the St. George area where people with other court business are being targeted.

Volmer says it's unlikely that anyone would receive a phone call from the Utah State Courts about jury duty.

"We rarely, if ever, will call a potential juror,” she points out. “And if we do have to call a juror, it's nothing that we're going to be requesting personal information from."

Volmer says her colleagues around the nation also are reporting incidents of the jury scam occurring.

She says anyone who receives such a call should contact law enforcement immediately.


Troy Wilde, Public News Service - UT