Scam Alert: Court Calls and Identity Theft

Recently, a scammer called Nevada residents telling them they were in violation of not appearing for jury duty and an arrest warrant had been issued. Obviously, this causes concern for the public and the judiciary. Amid the pleadings and denials indicating the citizen had never received a jury summons, the scammer asked for a social security number and a date of birth to cancel the arrest warrant. This gave the scammer everything they needed to steal an identity.

Another recent scam indicated a traffic ticket must be paid and a pre-paid payment card was needed to pay the fine. Often individuals are asked to deliver the pre-paid card to an address other than a courthouse. Finally, in another #scam, individuals were given a toll-free phone number to call and the scammer indicated how to send money to clear a fine.

If you receive a call like any of these examples, you should immediately identify it as a scam and contact local law enforcement.  As an added precaution, never provide personal or financial information to any caller or unsolicited contact.

Drizin Law is providing this information for educational purposes only. It should not be construed as legal advice or a legal opinion as to any specific facts or circumstances. This information is based on general principles of Nevada law at the time it was created and you should be aware laws frequently change. Moreover, the laws affecting you may differ depending on the circumstances. You should consult with a qualified attorney in your own state or jurisdiction concerning your particular situation. Review of this information does not create an attorney-client relationship.