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Beware jury-duty scam, attorney general warns

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Posted: Saturday, July 30, 2005 12:13 pm | Updated: 10:05 am, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

If you get a telephone call informing you you’ve missed jury duty, don’t believe it. And don’t believe the threats of arrest and don’t give the caller your Social Security number, credit card numbers or any other personal information, because someone is trying to steal your identity, court and law enforcement officials say.

"We are asking people that if they get these phone calls to contact us because we are looking into it," said Andrea Esquer, spokeswoman for the Arizona Attorney General’s Office.

The Jury Management Office of Maricopa County Superior Court, which oversees juries in all municipal and Justice of the Peace courts in the county, has heard from a number of residents getting calls from people claiming to be from the jury office.

The caller will say the person has missed jury service and must make it up, then asks for personal information, Esquer said.

If the information isn’t given, the caller threatens arrest, Esquer said.

The courts don’t make such calls, said J.W. Brown, courts spokeswoman.

The court always uses the U.S. Postal Service to send its 500,000 jury summonses a year, Brown said.

She said the best thing to do is hang up and report the calls.

People who have failed to appear for jury duty will get a summons in the mail labeled "Second Summons."

The court will call residents only if residents call first and request a new date for jury duty, Brown said.

U.S. District Court in Phoenix summons its own jurors, but has not received reports of such scams, according to the Clerk of the Court’s office.

Who to call

Arizona attorney general: (602) 542-5763 Jury Management Office:

(602) 372-5879

Or to make a consumer complaint online:

www.azag.gov

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