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Authorities warn of jury-duty phone scam

Posted June 12, 2008

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— Cumberland County Sheriff Earl "Moose" Butler warned the public Thursday about an identity-theft scam involving a phone call about jury duty.

A caller posing as a law enforcement officer or a clerk in the court system implies that a resident has missed jury duty and informs the resident that a warrant has been issued for his or her arrest.

When the resident protests, the caller asks for the person's Social Security number and date of birth so the information can be verified and the arrest warrant canceled.

The scam has been reported in 11 states and is making the rounds in North Carolina, Butler said.

“Never give your personal information over the telephone, no matter how intimidating the person on the other end of the telephone becomes,” Butler said in a statement. “Ask the caller to leave a telephone number where you can return their call and report the activity immediately.”

Anyone who has received a call like this is asked to call the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office at 910-323-1500.


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  • nandud Jun 12, 2008

    I never pick up my phone unless I know exactly who it is. Caller I.D. is cheap compared to having to field solicitors or spend time on calls you don't want or need. They should make it free for everyone, not just for people who buy bundled services or packaged plans.

  • Glass Half Full Jun 12, 2008

    I actually laughed when I read this. I got a jury duty notice this week. There's nothing on there about them calling me!!! People should know by now to protect their personal information.

  • GetRight Jun 12, 2008

    I don't even give info of any kind to my own bank when they've called. The article is spot on in it's advice. Take a number, then call back to a number YOU know is for sure legit.

  • DurhamDude Jun 12, 2008

    I let all calls I don't recognize go to voice mail. If it's really important or legit, they'll leave a message and a number where I can call back. By now, caller ID should not be an additional charge on a basic phone line and answering machines are cheap if you don't want the phone company voice mail.