Friday, Oct. 18, 2013 | 1:47 p.m.
Phone scammers have been calling people and telling them they’ve been caught skipping jury duty and will be arrested if they don’t hand over hundreds of dollars, court officials warn.
The Clark County District Court issued a notice today warning of the scam after several employees reported getting calls this week from people who wanted to know why there supposedly was a warrant out for their arrest.
The scammer calls and says he is a police officer with a warrant for the person’s arrest for missing jury duty. The scammer then offers to dismiss the warrant for a fee.
One older woman called the courthouse in tears after she’d been told she’d have to pay $300 or go to jail, Clark County District Court spokeswoman Mary Ann Price said.
Any time someone calls demanding money in the name of the court, that’s a red flag, Price said. The court will never call and ask for money.
“Jury scams pop up from time to time. This isn’t the first time we’ve had a jury scam,” Price said.
The court issued the warning because getting several calls in one week is unusual, Price said.
Anyone who has had a run-in with scammers should contact Metro Police.