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Jury Duty Scams are Back

There has been a recent rash of attempts to pull scams on people summoned for jury duty in South Florida. 

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.

This scam has been in the area in the past and looks to have returned.

 

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