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DP74 Fraudulent Jury Duty Calls

February 19, 2020

The familiar scam now has a new twist. Instead of receiving false emails that you’ve been summoned to court for your “misdeeds”, the calls now focus on the fact that you missed jury duty for an important case.


Earlier in November, the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta in Canada issued a warning that people were receiving these automated phone calls pertaining to this particular scam.


Darryl Reuther issued the warning stating “What we want people to know is that under no circumstances does the court ever conduct robocalls or automated phone calls for any purpose.”


He goes on to say “If you receive one of these robocalls relating to jury duty, or an allegation you’ve failed to appear in response to a summons for jury duty, that is a scam and is not a call from the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta.”


But this new scam isn’t only in Alberta. Reuther noted that this scam has been appearing elsewhere seeing as the courts there have posted a similar warning to this one.


Another interesting aspect though is that at no point is there a prompt for money. Comparing to those familiar emails about being accused of something, the demand for money was pretty clear. In the case of these automated calls no such request was there.


Though Reuther’s theory is that once you make contact with whoever set up the robocall, that’s likely where money will start being asked. The caller is banking on that people would get flustered and wanted to argue with the “court” that the accusation is unfounded.


If you receive any of these calls, hang up and report these calls to an anti-fraud center.


Regardless of the situation, how this scam is handled was significantly better than the past. And while that pushes scammers to be craftier, it also means that people are catching on to how much of an impact these nefarious tactics cost.

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