Watch Out For This Jury Duty Scam
If you received a call recently saying you would be arrested if you didn't pay up, you're not alone. A caller told me that the police were on their way over to my house right that minute, because I refused to pay. Here's what you need to know about the latest scam hitting Ada County.
Boise Weekly says the scam has been noticed this week, and several people have gotten calls from someone threatening to have them arrested if they didn't pay a thousand bucks right then and there for skipping jury duty. One person was told to go buy a gift card and turn that in.
Ada County doesn't make calls like that, and they don't ask for $1000 payments to get out of jury duty. On the off chance that jury duty is skipped, the county would send a letter, and ask you to reschedule.
These harassing phone calls can be stressful because the person on the other end of the line sounds like they know what they're talking about, and they've forceful and persistent about what they want. I ended up hanging up on the guy that called me, and although I figured it was probably a scam, it still caused me to look out the window to make sure I didn't see a police car parked outside my house.
Don't give these creeps any personal information, and know that the real jury duty office is legit.
This is why we usually let strange numbers roll to voice mail!