FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Police are warning against a jury duty phone scam that began north of Indianapolis and has moved north to Allen County. The Allen County Sheriff’s Department said the scam involves someone trying to get money from victims after telling them they owe a fine for missing jury duty.
Police explain the scam starts with a person receiving a phone call from someone identifying themselves as a police officer and then telling the caller that they had missed a summons for jury duty. The suspect caller continues to tell the victim that a warrant has been issued for their arrest and they must pay a fine. Police warn that the suspect caller has become belligerent with some victims.
Police said if someone receives this phone call, it is best to just hang-up on the caller or not answer the phone at all. At no point should anyone provide any personal information such as social security number, credit card or bank account information.
In Indiana, people are sent jury notices through the mail, never a phone call. If someone fails to appear for jury duty, a judge can send a sheriff to compel the individual to attend jury selection. A phone call can never require someone to pay a find, only a judge can hold an individual in contempt and require a fine for failure to appear.
For questions regarding jury service, contact Indiana courts.
If someone receives a call for jury duty, they should call police immediately.