Thieves are finding more imaginative ways to trick consumers into giving up banking and other personal information, and the latest brings back a twist on the jury duty scam. While it is not known if any Riverbend residents have been targeted, the U.S. District Court of Southern Illinois has issued a warning for all residents to be on alert for this new scheme.
David Herndon, Chief Judge U.S. District Court of Southern Illinois, says it involves a call from someone claiming to represent the courts, claiming you have missed your required jury duty, and are in danger of arrest or fine.
Herndon says jury duty is a vital civic responsibility and should be taken seriously, but it is a crime for anyone to falsely represent themselves as a federal court official. If you are targeted by this scam, Herndon advises you hang up, and then call the Clerk of Court's office of the U.S. District Court in your area. In the Southern District of Illinois, call the office of Clerk of Court Nancy Rosenstengel at 618-482-9371.