A new scam has been reported in the Oneida County area and authorities are encouraging residents to be wary.
According to officials from the Rome City Police Department, scammers have been calling victims and claiming to be from a local court, informing them that they have failed to report for jury duty. Police are referring to this as the “Jury Duty Scam”.
Several complaints have been issued to police from residents, declaring that scammers threaten a warrant for your arrest because of failing to report for jury duty. But here’s where things get tricky… the scammer expects you to point out that you never received a notice for jury duty, where the scammer will then ask for your personal information to ensure they have contacted the right person.
Victims say the tricksters will ask for things such as your birth date, social security number and other important information. Officials warn all North Country residents that jury duty information and notices are always sent via local mail, never by telephone. As always, police warn residents to never reveal any personal information over the phone to anyone and if you ever suspect a scam, you’re encouraged to contact your local police.