March 25 2019

Middlesex Sheriff Warns of Renewed Jury Duty Scam Calls

By: BNEWS

If you get a call saying you need to pay up because you missed jury duty, it’s a scam.

 

The Middlesex Sheriff’s Office (MSO) is warning residents to be alert for a new round of jury duty scam calls that have been reported recently.

According to a release from Sheriff Peter Koutoujian’s office, as part of the scam, callers are posing as members of the MSO and are telling residents they need to resolve matters related to missed court matters and jury duty.  In multiple instances this month, including two this past weekend, scammers identified themselves as a Sgt. Cooper and provided 781-819-5610 as a call back number. Click here to hear one of the calls.

On Friday, a local resident was allegedly told he needed to pay $900 or would be arrested, while on Saturday, a woman was told she needed to respond to a specific location to clear up three warrants, the release states. The location to which the woman was told to respond housed actual MSO offices but was closed at the time.

In all three cases, those who were contacted called the MSO before paying any money or traveling to a location.

“Nationwide, these scammers are attempting to use the criminal justice system and the threat of arrest as a tool to frighten people into paying large sums of money,” said Middlesex Sheriff Koutoujian. “We want residents to be aware of these scams and these tactics in order to better protect themselves.”

If you or someone you know has been the victim of a jury duty scam you are encouraged to immediately notify your local police department. If the scammer claims to be a member of the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office they also ask you to contact their office at 978-667-1711.

To learn more about the jury duty process in Massachusetts, including jury duty delinquency, visit the Office of Jury Commissioner (OJC) website at https://www.mass.gov/orgs/office-of-jury-commissioner.

 

 
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