Jury duty phone scam circulating Delaware
DELAWARE – The Delaware Department of Justice is warning residents of a phone scam regarding jury duty that is currently circulating statewide.
According to officials, the scam involves receiving a call from a (302) area code, with a caller referring to themselves as “Major” and claiming to have a judge on the line. The caller then tells the victim that bench warrants have been issued for their arrest as a result of failure to appear for jury duty. The victim is then told to bring two Money Pak vouchers to the Leonard L. Williams Courthouse within an hour to satisfy their warrant, and that they will be reimbursed with a check once their name is cleared.
Those eligible for jury duty in Delaware are always notified of their obligation to serve by mail; never by phone. In addition, Delaware courts would never threaten immediate arrest in this manner and would never demand money.
Residents are also reminded to never agree to pay any fine or other money over the phone, as government agencies do not take payments this way. Residents are also reminded to not answer calls from unknown numbers since numbers can be “spoofed” to appear local. It is also encouraged to hang up on aggressive callers, especially those who threaten arrest.
Delaware residents who receive calls about jury duty can check to see if they’ve been summoned by calling Delaware Superior Court Jury Serivces at 302-255-0800 for New Castle County, 302-735-1901 for Kent County, or 302-855-7055 for Sussex County.