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Clark County official warns missed jury service calls are scam

By , Columbian staff writer

Clark County courts are warning residents about a jury service scam.

Superior Court Administrator Cheryl Stone issued a press release Tuesday about scammers calling residents and claiming they have missed jury service and must either meet with someone or provide banking, credit card or other information to avoid being jailed.

Stone said most scams involve a resident receiving a call advising they missed jury service and that there is a citation for a bench warrant.

Examples of calls received include the caller stating a citation must be paid immediately or be subject to arrest, that District Court Judge James B. Smith has issued a warrant for failure to appear, or the scammer identifies themselves as law enforcement or a court deputy and provides badge and phone numbers. Scam callers may ask for the person’s name, address or Social Security number, may tell the person to stay on the phone and not attempt to disconnect the call, or may direct the person to meet them with cash or pay the citation over the phone.

Stone said all of these calls are fraudulent as the superior and district courts will not initiate calls about warrants, fines, fees or other payments for jury service.

“If you receive a call from individuals using any of the above tactics, do not give any personal information or pay any sum of money,” Stone said in the press release. “Obtain as much information as you can about the caller and report it to your local police department.”

Stone said anyone who fails to appear for jury service should call the Clark County Courthouse at 564-397-2049. If a juror does not call, they may be subject to a misdemeanor charge under state statute.

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