Does anyone actually like jury duty? According to a report from Deseret News, out of the 32 million people that are summoned to fulfill their civic duty each year, only 8 million actually show up. That means there are 24 million Americans that bail on jury duty each year. Are you one of them?
Those staggering stats aside, Police in Virginia (among others) are issuing a warning about a tricky, resurfaced 10-year old phone scam looking to take advantage of those would-be jurors.
In this particular scam, victims receive a phone call from someone posing as a law enforcement officer claiming that the victim has failed to show up for jury duty and there is now a warrant out for their arrest.
Instead of being arrested and potentially seeing jail time, victims are asked to purchase a MoneyGram or other type of money order - sometimes for hundreds of dollars.
Staying on the phone with the scammer the whole time, the victim is then asked to read the serial numbers of the money orders, so the funds can be transferred electronically.
If you receive a call like this, remember that local sheriff's departments don't contact residents by phone for this type of infraction. The Leesburg Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Section is urging you to call your local law enforcement agency and report it.