As Texas celebrates Jury Appreciation Week the first week in May, the State Bar of Texas Jury Service Committee wants to educate the public on how to avoid jury duty scams.
Across the state, citizens are being targeted by phone calls and emails, threatening them with prosecution for failing to comply with jury service in federal or state courts. These calls and emails are fraudulent and not connected with U.S. or Texas state courts.
During a typical scam call, residents are told that a warrant is issued for their arrest because of failure to appear for jury duty. The caller will then ask the victim to “verify” personal information, such as their date of birth and Social Security number. In some cases, scammers have gone as far as asking the victim to pay a fine over the phone to avoid arrest. Victims are being pressured to provide a credit card number or other payment information.
To help protect Texas residents, the State Bar of Texas Jury Service Committee compiled a list of tips from federal and state courts, the Better Business Bureau, and Consumer Reports: