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Thu Nov 21, 2013, 08:12 PM

Beware the Jury Duty Scam and tell all the old people you know

This has been happening in North Idaho for a couple of weeks; tell your mom so she doesn't fall for it when it comes to a town near you.

The scammer calls you, tells you they're from the sheriff's office, and informs you that you failed to report for jury duty. They then tell you a warrant for your arrest will be served unless you pay $2000. You are to buy a Green Dot card, then call back (they give an out-of-area number) with the card number.

They seem to focus on people over 80 years old, so this seems to be the new Grandpa Scam.

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Reply Beware the Jury Duty Scam and tell all the old people you know (Original post)
jmowreader Nov 2013 OP
tularetom Nov 2013 #1
ScreamingMeemie Nov 2013 #3
sarge43 Nov 2013 #6
meti57b Nov 2013 #9
jmowreader Nov 2013 #5
Enrique Nov 2013 #2
K.O. Stradivarius Nov 2013 #4
RebelOne Nov 2013 #7
AAO Nov 2013 #10
Orrex Nov 2013 #8
Hestia Nov 2013 #11

Response to jmowreader (Original post)

Thu Nov 21, 2013, 08:18 PM

1. Around here if you are 70+ and have a valid medical reason for being unable to serve

you can be excused from jury duty.

And they are reasonable in their definition of what conditions qualify for excuse.

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Response to tularetom (Reply #1)

Thu Nov 21, 2013, 08:23 PM

3. Here in Texas, you can opt out if you are over 70 regardless of health.

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Response to ScreamingMeemie (Reply #3)

Thu Nov 21, 2013, 09:40 PM

6. Same in NH. nt

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Response to ScreamingMeemie (Reply #3)

Thu Nov 21, 2013, 10:36 PM

9. Same in CA.

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Response to tularetom (Reply #1)

Thu Nov 21, 2013, 08:35 PM

5. Same here

And all the exempt people know they are.

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Response to jmowreader (Original post)

Thu Nov 21, 2013, 08:23 PM

2. a special place in Hell...

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Response to jmowreader (Original post)

Thu Nov 21, 2013, 08:25 PM

4. That's actually an old scam.

 

Just changed around a bit; they used to ask for a CC#.

I don't believe the scammers target people people by age though.

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Response to jmowreader (Original post)

Thu Nov 21, 2013, 10:28 PM

7. Well, I am one of those "old people" you refer to.

I received a jury summons a few years ago, but the summons stated that if you were over 70 years old you did not have to appear. But I had to submit a notarized statement that I was not eligible. So as an "old person" I will not be duped.

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Response to RebelOne (Reply #7)

Thu Nov 21, 2013, 10:36 PM

10. The educated won't fall for it no matter their age.

 

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Response to jmowreader (Original post)

Thu Nov 21, 2013, 10:28 PM

8. I thought that this was about me voting to Hide all of those posts

Whew!

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Response to jmowreader (Original post)

Thu Nov 21, 2013, 10:40 PM

11. This warning has been going around in Ark. for a couple of months now -

they are telling people to bring cash and meet a deputy at a park or something, as if that is legit. I don't think anyone fell for but people reported to sheriff's offices that they had received calls.

Anything to rip someone off of their money.

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