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State Warns of New Twist In Jury Duty Scam

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The South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs is warning of a new twist to a scam known as the Jury Duty Scam.

SCDCA says the scam has switched from identity theft to a scam to get money from victims.

In many cases, the scammer will call a household saying you failed to report to jury duty and will be arrested due to the absence. The scammer usually tells the victim that they will not be arrested if they pay a fine. 

In previous cases, the SCDCA warns that scammer asks for social security numbers and birth dates for verification purposes.

Here are some tips from the SCDCA to protect yourself from this scam:

· Never reveal any personal information when fielding an unsolicited phone call. Court staff will never call to ask for payment for a fine. Most courts correspond with prospective jurors through mail.

· Challenge the caller. Ask for their name and other defining details. If they claim to work for a specific county or city, hang up and contact the alleged organization at a number you know is correct. The scammer is likely to hang up once you begin asking questions

· Caller ID can be spoofed. Scammers can make calls seem even more legitimate by spoofing caller ID to make it seem like they are calling for a law enforcement office. Don’t rely solely on caller ID to identify who is on the other end of the line.

For more information on scams, or to report a scam, consumers can visit SCDCA’s website at www.consumer.sc.gov or call 800-922-1594.

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