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Authorities warn of jury-duty phone scam

Posted June 12, 2008 10:00 a.m. EDT
Updated June 12, 2008 10:09 a.m. EDT

— 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.