CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is warning citizens in the Southern District of West Virginia of a jury scam.
According to a release by the FBI on Monday November 23, citizens in the district are being targeted by phone calls and threatened with prosecution for failing to appear for jury service in federal court.
The release states that in the scam, “the caller identifies himself as a representative of the citizen and asks for the victim by name. The caller tells the person that they failed to report for grand jury duty, that a bench warrant has been issued against them for their arrest, and that there will be a fine, dollar amount is substantial. The caller instructs the victim to immediately pay the fine by credit card or by obtaining a prepaid card. The caller provides a West Virginia call-back number with an extension and a court representative’s name. The victim is also given the option of personally appearing in federal court at 8:45 a.m. the next business day.”
The FBI reports that the calls are not from real court officials.
“Our Court does not call jurors (or anyone else) asking for fine payments, credit card numbers, or any other personal information,” they said in the release.
They ask that if you should receive one of these calls, contact the FBI at 304-346-2300.
For more information about potential jury scams, visit their website at http://www.wvsd.uscourts.gov/notices-regarding-scams.