Jury duty scam reported in CT; Don’t become a victim

Don’t fall for the “Jury Duty Scam” that has been reported in Connecticut.

The clerk’s office for the federal courts in Connecticut recently learned that three people reported that they received a call from a man falsely identifying himself as “Lt. Steve Smith” with “badge number 8031” from the U.S. District Court in Bridgeport.

The man referred to a case number, said the person had failed to appear for jury selection, and that there was a warrant for their arrest.

The caller told the people a bond had been set and the matter would be resolved if they gave him four Green Dot pre-paid $500 Visa cards. In one instance, a victim purchased a Green Dot card and, at the caller’s direction, provided the card’s number to the caller.

Don’t give out info or send money

The public is advised that this is a scam, and if a person were to receive a jury service-related call they should not provide any personal identification information or money to the caller.

Federal and state courts in Connecticut do not call prospective jurors and ask for money or personal identifying information over the telephone. Juror information for the U.S. District Court in Connecticut can be found at www.ctd.uscourts.gov.

Report incidents to the FBI

Anyone receiving a “Jury Duty Scam” phone call should report it, with any available Caller ID information, to the Federal Bureau of Investigation in New Haven at 203-777-6311, or 1-800-CALL-FBI.

U.S. Attorney Deirdre M. Daly urged individuals who receive phone calls from suspicious sources never to disclose personal identifying information, as it may be used to cause serious financial harm and jeopardize a person’s credit. “Identity thieves and scammers defrauding the public will be vigorously prosecuted when identified,” Daly said.