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It’s the scam that keeps scamming and it has resurfaced for another round of rip-offs in Clark County. A local victim received a phone call from a scammer who claimed to be with Clark County. The victim was told that she missed an appearance for grand jury and she needed to go to a nearby pharmacy to get a pre-paid credit card to post a bond. She was told there was a deputy on his way to her house to arrest her if she didn’t have the money for the bond. This isn’t the first time criminals have used false warrants and bogus claims to get unsuspecting victims to pay-up for missed jury duty. The court is getting the word out on these scams and is asking the community to beware and let others know the telltale signs of the scam.

“The court never solicits money on the telephone or threatens to send a deputy to arrest individuals who have missed jury service,” said District Court Chief Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez. “Jury service is the cornerstone of the American Justice system. It’s unfortunate that criminals are trying to exploit such an important process to steal from unsuspecting victims. I encourage those who receive these bogus calls to report them to law enforcement,”

Other scams tried in the past, made via telephone, mail or e-mail, have included fake judgments that required money, and an assortment of phony warrant scams. The scammers are hard to catch and prosecute. They mostly ask victims to purchase pre-paid credit cards. Potential victims should independently verify all claims, and thoroughly examine and verify any paperwork or e-mails that asks for money. Many of the victims have been senior citizens. It is optional for those over the age of 70 to serve on a jury. The District Court website offers information on jury service at http://www.clarkcountycourts.us/ejdc/juror-information/index.html. Those who have received a summons can reschedule jury service online at https://ejuror.clarkcountycourts.us. A jury phone line is also available at 702-455-4472 (callers should remain on the line for the operator).

 

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For several years running, a new scam surfaces around this time of year, that falsely uses the name of the court or a judge to steal money from some of the most vulnerable in our community. This time, the scammers targeted at least one disabled woman and others. Through a phone call, a scammer claimed he was with the sheriff’s department; that the intended victim had a warrant for skipping jury duty and needed to pay up on a $2,500 bond. The scammer gave a fake name, a bogus badge number and even offered up a phone number. He added that the victim missed a court date with a District Court judge, and instructed her to go the grocery store to get a pre-paid form of payment for the bond.

“The community must remain vigilant to protect themselves and guard their personal information and financial resources from these scams that continue to re-surface,” said District Court Chief Judge David Barker. “I commend those who reported this scam for their actions and advise others who receive suspicious solicitations to report them to law enforcement.”

Other scams tried in the past, made via telephone, mail or e-mail, have included fake judgments that required money, and an assortment of phony warrant scams. The scammers are hard to catch and prosecute. Many of their victims are seniors on a fixed income and just want to stay on the right side of the law. Potential victims should independently verify all claims, and thoroughly examine and verify any paperwork or e-mails that asks for money.

 

 

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The new jury scam that has flared up is hitting a lot of seniors.  I spoke with one of the victims who offered some more details. The scammer told the octogenarian victim I spoke with that there was a warrant out for his arrest. The man, confident that he had a “clean bill of health” on the warrant front and knew he had been excused from jury duty, wasn’t swayed by the scammer. His wife answered the phone because it was a local number. The Nevada Attorney General’s Office is aware of the scam. Victims can call the Consumer Protection hotline at 702-486-3132.Some victims have reportedly been taken for hundreds of dollars.

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ImageThe Eighth Judicial District Court has been alerted to a resurgence of a scam relating to jury service. Individuals falsely identifying themselves have been phoning Clark County citizens claiming that the victims need to pay a fine or appear before a judge for failure to appear for jury service. The scammers then attempt to get funds from the victims, often asking for debit card information.

Residents should be advised that these phone calls are not coming from court officials, nor are the calls authorized or in any way approved by the court. Residents are advised not to disclose any personal or financial information to a caller claiming to collect funds for missed jury service, and should report the matter to law enforcement officials for investigation. A key red-flag is the request for money. No official representatives of the court will call to solicit money for any purposes.

“I want to make it clear that the court never solicits money on the telephone and I urge residents to report suspicious calls to law enforcement,” said District Court Chief Judge Jennifer P. Togliatti. “Jury service is a pillar of the American justice system. Judges value the jury service of our citizens and it is unfortunate that criminals try to exploit those who are unable to serve.”

Many of the victims have been senior citizens. It is optional for those over the age of 70 to serve on a jury. The District Court website offers information on jury service at http://www.clarkcountycourts.us/ejdc/juror-information/index.html. Those who have received a summons can reschedule jury service online at https://ejuror.clarkcountycourts.us. A jury phone line is also available at 702-455-4472 (callers should remain on the line for the operator).

The Nevada Eighth Judicial District Court is one of the busiest courts in the nation. Fifty-two judges preside over approximately 100,000 criminal, civil and family cases that are filed each year in District Court. The Nevada Eighth Judicial District Court judges and staff continuously work to develop new ideas, maximize efficiencies and improve access to justice. For more information about the Nevada Eighth Judicial District Court, please visit our website at clarkcountycourts.us.

 

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