August 7, 2014

District Attorney Warns of Jury Duty Money Scam


Scam AlertThe Riverside County district attorney’s office is warning of a scam happening in the county and throughout the state in which con artists are demanding money from residents who supposedly failed to show up for jury duty.

The scammers claim to be with Superior Court or the Sheriff’s Department, according to a notice posted on the DA’s website.  They ask for personal identifying information either over the phone or by setting up a meeting. Residents are asked for money, often sent through a pre-paid debit card, to clear up an arrest warrant.

In one instance, the scammer asked to meet the victim at the courthouse in order to collect the “fine.”

These calls are fraudulent, the DA’s office said. No court or law enforcement officer will ask for money to clear up a failure to appear for jury duty. Anyone who receives such a call should hang up and call your law enforcement.

The D.A.'s Office has tips on how to avoid being scammed and what to do if you are victimized.  Click here for more information.