Court officials warn of jury scam

Aug. 21, 2014 @ 05:43 PM

Durham County court officials have been informed that a Durham County resident was recently targeted in a scam involving jury duty.
A caller informed the resident that a bench warrant had been issued because they had failed to report for jury duty. The caller then instructed the resident to make a payment by telephone to satisfy the bench warrant.
The resident was suspicious of the call, and rather than provide any information, contacted the Jury Office to follow up.
Court staff and the Durham County Sheriff's Office will never contact residents by phone or email and ask for Social Security numbers, credit card numbers, money or any other sensitive personal or financial information. Do not give out such information over the phone or by email.
The public is encouraged to report any such calls or emails to the Durham County Sheriff’s Office at 919-560-0889.
If you have been a victim of this or a similar scam and have shared your Social Security number, you may also want to report it to the Social Security Fraud Hotline at 1-800-269-0271 and all three major credit bureaus.