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.

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