Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

February 7, 2014

State warns Hoosiers of jury duty phone scam


The Associated Press

Indianapolis — State officials are warning Indiana residents about a scam where callers try to get Hoosiers' personal financial data by telling them they owe fines for failing to show up for jury duty.

Judges in Henry and Hamilton counties have told the Division of State Court Administration and the Indiana Judicial Center they've received complaints from people who've received such calls.

The callers generally pressure the person to provide financial information, telling the resident they must provide it in order to pay a fine.

But the state says Indiana courts never ask potential jurors or those who missed jury duty for money or for information like bank account numbers or credit card data.

The state urges anyone receiving such calls to contact the police.