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Courts warn of jury duty scam

Allen County court officials are warning residents of a jury summons scam seeking to con people out of a few thousand dollars.

Reportedly, area residents have received phone calls warning them that because they failed to appear for jury duty, there is a warrant for their arrest. The warrant will be recalled if the person agrees to pay $3,000 to $4,000, according to a release from the Allen County Superior Court.

“These phone call solicitations are a scam and do not originate with the Allen Superior Court or the Allen Circuit Court. The court does not issue warrants to potential jurors and never solicits money for failure to appear,” court executive Jerry Noble said. “We are warning all Allen County residents not to respond to such calls.”

All initial contact with jurors is done through the U.S. mail. Indiana courts never ask for specific bank account information, nor do they ask jurors or potential jurors for money, according to the release.

If a person fails to appear for jury duty, the judge can send the sheriff to compel the person to attend jury selection and can hold that person in contempt or require a fine for a failure to appear.

But court officials stress that none of those actions take place over the phone.

Anyone who receives a telephone call about jury duty should contact the police.

Questions about jury duty may be directed to the Allen Superior Court’s Jury Management Office at 449-7520 or 449-7022.