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Mother really did know best when it came to a 22 year-old former Las Vegas resident who got a call from a scammer posing as an officer, and threatening to throw her in jail for a warrant for missing jury duty. The young woman was scared and mortified, because she took the official sounding call at work on speaker, as coworkers listened. The fraudster offered the young woman, who currently lives in California, a remedy, if she headed to the grocery story to pay $1,000 fine. Bogus warrant scammers usually send their victims to the store to get prepaid credit cards that are untraceable.

On her way to the store, the would-be victim called her mom to convey her plight. The savvy mom immediately got suspicious and did an online search. Her quick search turned up a slew of information on scams aimed at bilking unsuspecting victims out of thousands of dollars for nonexistent warrants. Mom put the brakes on, stopped her daughter from making a big mistake and saved the day.

This scam is not new to our area. Missed jury duty warrant scams and other similar rip-offs have been going on for years in our community and across the country. Cunning con-artists are part of large rackets that have successfully stolen thousands of dollars from each of their many victims, who are fearful and fall prey to the official sounding schemes.

5 facts to ward off warrant scams

  1. Scams can be reported to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Financial Crimes Unit at Financialcrimes@lvmpd.com
  2. These jury warrant scams continue to pop up they can be done through phone call or e-mail.
  3. Be wary of phone calls or emails that look like a jury summons and request important personal information, including: date of birth and social security and driver’s license numbers and threatens a fine or prison for failing to respond.
  4. The court never calls or e-mails people to get personal information such as their social security number.  Those who receive these e-mails or calls should not respond and are advised to contact law enforcement.
  5. Another key red flag is the request for money. No official representatives of the court will call to solicit money for any purposes.

The District Court website has information on jury service; visit 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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Scammers have upped their game in yet another round of attempts to rip-off residents of Clark County, using the courts as bait. The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department today, notified the court of a new round of rip-offs aimed at unsuspecting individuals who are targeted with a false claim of an arrest warrant for failure to appear on a Grand Jury summons.

According to correspondence from the LVMPD Financial Crimes Bureau, the scammers recently targeted a physician who was threatened with arrest for failure to appear on a Federal Grand Jury summons.

“The public should know that the court never calls on the phone or emails to solicit money or personal information under the threat of arrest for missing jury duty,” said District Court Chief Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez. “These scams are very sophisticated and persistent problem. We want to make the public aware of them and ask that those who get this this warning pass it along to friends and family so that they don’t fall victim.”

Different variations of this and other similar scams regularly surface in our community. Senior citizens are a favorite target of the scammers. A very official sounding scam artist usually calls unwitting victims and claims to have a warrant for their arrest for skipping jury duty. They offer up a few details that appear to check out through a cursory Internet search, such as the name of a judge or other official. Then the criminals get the victims to purchase a pre-paid credit card for hundreds of dollars to clear the warrant they claim they have. Within minutes, the scammers cash in on the cards and rip-off the worried victims.  These scams also come in the form of an official looking email.

Don’t fall for these rip-offs and be aware that the court never calls on the phone to solicit money or personal information. Report the crime to law enforcement and spread the word to friends and family.

Top three point to know about these scams

  1. The court never calls or e-mails people to get personal information such as their social security number. Those who receive these e-mails or call should not respond and are advised to contact the Attorney General’s office or the LVMPD Financial Crimes Theft Crimes Bureau.
  2. A key red-flag is the request for money or a pre-paid credit card. No official representatives of the court will call to solicit money for any purpose.
  3. Be wary of phone calls or emails that look like a jury summons and request important personal information including: date of birth, social security number, driver’s license number; and threatens a fine or prison for failing to respond.

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A new phone scam has surfaced that threatens to arrest victims for check fraud. A Clark County resident received a phone call from a very official sounding “Investigator Morgan” claiming to be with a generic sounding law office. The caller not only sounded official, but also knew the victim’s name, Social Security number, birthday and address. The scammer told the victim that there was a pre-trial docket set for him in Clark County Court for check fraud. The victim was told that he could stop the case immediately if he paid $1,096.

Although the victim had not used a check in years, he was frightened by the call. He held his ground though, got off the phone with the official sounding scammer and searched online to get insight. He called the court and his suspicions were verified. The call was a scam.

Different variations of this and other similar scams regularly surface in our community. Senior citizens are a favorite target of these scammers. The scam artists usually call unwitting victims and claim they have a warrant for their arrest or a warrant for a family member for skipping jury duty. They offer up a few details that appear to check out through a cursory Google search, such as the name of a judge or other official. Then the criminals get the victims to purchase a pre-paid credit card for hundreds of dollars to clear the warrant they claim they have. Within minutes, the scammers cash in on the cards and rip-off the worried victims.

Don’t fall for these scams and be aware that the court never calls on the phone to solicit money or personal information. Report the crime to law enforcement and spread the word to friends and family.

Top three things to know about warrant scams:

  1. The court never calls or e-mails people to get personal information such as their social security number. Those who receive these e-mails or call should not respond and are advised to contact the Attorney General’s office.
  2. A key red flag is the request for money. No official representatives of the court will call to solicit money for any purposes.
  3. Be wary of phone calls or emails that look like a jury summons and request important personal information, including: date of birth and social security and driver’s license numbers and threatens a fine or prison for failing to respond.

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Scammers have resurfaced with a new version of an old scam using threats of a warrant for IRS debt. The thieves called the latest victim and said that they were with the United States Treasury Department and working with the Henderson Police Department. They asked her to meet them at the courthouse and gave her the phone number of the Henderson Police.  It all seemed legit, but it isn’t. The unscrupulous caller told the unsuspecting valley resident that she should go to CVS and get pre-paid credit cards. Legitimate law enforcement agencies won’t call on the phone to collect money for warrants and ask for payment with pre-paid credit cards. Don’t fall for this cheap trick and don’t give out your personal information. Inform your friends and family about this scam because these attempts to steal money are rampant.

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