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Illinois Judge Warns of Jury Duty Scam

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (KMOX) - There’s another scam to watch out for and this one involves jury duty in Illinois.

U.S. District Court Chief Judge David Herndon says scammers call people and tell them they failed to show for jury duty and owe a fine.

“They direct them to go to a certain facility, like maybe a drug store or some other facility, and buy a prepaid card, some sort of prepaid credit card, and then call them back with the information on the card and other identifying information,” the judge explains.

“[This] allows the scam artist to then obtain money from that prepaid card and perhaps other identifying information that allows them to access perhaps some other assets of the victim,” Herndon adds.

Herndon says a federal or state court would never call and make that kind of request. If someone calls and tells you to pay a fine for failing to show up for jury duty, hang up and call police.

“If someone fails to show up for jury duty, you’re not called and told you failed to appear,” Herndon says. “You may get a letter, you may get some other written communication, maybe even a court order, but you’re not going to get a phone call.”

As of now, there are no reported cases of this happening in the Metro East.

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