Florida federal courts warn about jury scams

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MIAMI (AP) - Federal courts officials in South Florida are warning about a rash of recent attempts to pull scams on people summoned for jury duty.

In one scam, victims are contacted by phone and told they must pay a fine for missing jury duty. Authorities say that is never the case. A person can be asked to explain why they missed jury duty and can even be held in contempt of court, but that is only done in open court by a judge.

Officials say the scam takes several forms.

Sometimes callers pose as court personnel and demand payment of a fine for missing jury duty using a prepaid credit card. In other cases, the victim is sent a fake arrest warrant and told to pay a fine to resolve it.

 

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