Greenville Co. warns residents of jury duty scam - FOX Carolina 21

Greenville Co. warns residents of jury duty scam

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Deputies say a new scam is attempting to get people to pay bogus fines for not appearing in court.

The Greenville County Sheriff's Office said the scammers tell people to stay on the phone and buy a Green Dot brand of prepaid credit card to pay the fine by giving them the number over the phone. 

Deputies advised residents to not give the caller any personal information and to not purchase any prepaid cards to pay them.

Lt. Ty Miller said the Greenville County Sheriff's Office also took a report about a similar incident on May 23. Miller said the victim was told she had a warrant for her arrest for missing grand jury duty.

Miller said neither the Greenville County Sheriff's Office nor the Clerk of Court's Office handles business in that matter.

The County Clerk of Court released the following statement about how people are contacted by the county:

"The Clerk of Court is responsible for notifying prospective jurors when they have been randomly selected for jury duty for the Circuit Court. As required by law, a juror must be notified of selection for service fifteen days prior to the start of the term for which he/she has been summoned.


"The Clerk of Court's office will prepare the summons for each prospective juror and the summons will be delivered by first class mail. If a summons is returned as not being deliverable, the summons will be forwarded to the Sheriff's office for service. The Sheriff's office will attempt to locate a juror to advise them of their service.


"At no time will Sheriff's officers or court employees call a prospective juror to tell them that they failed to appear and a bench warrant has been issued. Nor will they ask for personal identifying information, such as bank account numbers or credit card information, nor ask for withdrawal of money or purchase of prepaid credit cards for the payment of a fine.


"Should a juror ever be in contempt for failure to appear, a juror would have to appear before a judge before a fine would be imposed."

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