Law enforcement warns of jury scams


Less than 50 percent of potential jurors showed up for jury selection in a high-profile murder case in Spalding County, so sheriff’s deputies were sent to the homes of those who skipped out.

“Just like what happened in this case, if there are people who miss jury duty and they are needed for duty, a uniformed patrol officer is going to come to your house or your business and talk to you face-to-face,” said Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix.

Dix is warning people of a jury scam going forward with crooks trying to get you to send them money.

“They’ll call you and they’ll say, ‘Ok, you had a subpoena to be on a jury in whatever county and you need to pay a $400 fine for not being there, and a $125 processing fee,” Dix said.

The crooks pose as law enforcement, even using the names of real officers. The thieves then convince people to send them money that’s not traceable through wire transfers and gift cards.

“Don’t deposit money on a card or into an account to pay a fine if you get one of these phone calls,” Dix said.

According to the Better Business Bureau, jury notices are almost exclusively sent by mail, so if you receive one of these calls, just hang up.

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