Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Opinion

August 7, 2012

Jury duty scam

Lewis Countians targeted

ASHLAND — Lewis County Sheriff Johnnie Bivens says his office has received a number of calls from residents who said they had received from someone claiming the person was previously selected for jury duty but failed to appear. The calls apparently are a new twist on an old game attempting to bilk the gullible and naive out of money. Our hope is that none of the calls have been successful in stealing money from Lewis County residents.

Sheriff Bivens says multiple residents have complained of receiving phone calls claiming that an arrest warrant had been issued for them because of their failure to report to jury duty.

However, Bivens said, the caller sometimes will tell the person that the warrant will be canceled if they pay a fine with a credit or debit card. On other instances, the caller has claimed the warrant is a mistake and ask for a name, birthdate and Social Security number.

Lewis County is in the same judicial district as neighboring Greenup County, but apparently those behind this scam have limited their illegal activity to Lewis County.

Bivens says people should never send money or give out personal information to individuals or companies they don’t know. The ruse that is the basis of this scam is so farfetched that we would hope no one would fall for it, but we know from experience that there are always a few people who will believe just about anything.

The jury duty scam has come to Lewis County because it apparently has worked in other rural counties. Our hope is that Lewis County residents will prove to the perpetrators of this scam that they are too smart to fall for this ruse.

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