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Jun-04-2014 11:55printcomments

Police: Jury Scam Hits Marion County

The caller has in the past identified themselves as a deputy or representative of the court and may seem professional and knowledgeable, police said.

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Police agencies throughout the mid-Willamette Valley says there has been a sharp rise in the number of complaints involving a jury duty scam. Photo Courtesy: Woodburn Police Department

(WOODBURN, Ore. ) - Police agencies throughout the mid-Willamette Valley says there has been a sharp rise in the number of complaints involving a jury duty scam.

Police in Woodburn say a caller will contact the victim and tell them they missed jury duty and a warrant is being issued for their arrest.

The called then tells the victim to go and purchase a Green Dot Money Pak from a local retailer and then give the information to the scammer(s), to be posted as bail for the fake warrant.

The caller has in the past identified themselves as a deputy or representative of the court and may seem professional and knowledgeable, police said.

So far, it is not known if, or how many victims have been contacted in the Salem or Keizer area.

The Oregon Department of Justice says do not give your personal information or make any payments under these circumstances. If it seems strange and out of the ordinary, then it is most likely a scam.

The Marion County Circuit Court webpage has this to offer:

Our courts do not call jurors who have missed jury duty and do not call jurors to ask for personal information over the phone. Rarely does the court need a juror's Social Security number. When the court does need that information for reporting certain payments for jury service, the court will never require you to provide it over the telephone.

If you have received one of these calls and have given out personal information, monitor your account statements and credit reports carefully. If any unauthorized charges are made, report the theft to local law enforcement and the Federal Trade Commission at 877-438-4338.

In addition, contact a credit bureau to request that it place a fraud alert on your credit history.

Sources: Woodburn Police, Marion County Courts

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