Jury Duty Scams

There have been reports of unscrupulous individuals posing as representatives of the Office of Jury Commission, or other court officials, in an attempt to obtain confidential personal information to be used for identity theft.

In this scam, an individual pretending to be a jury manager calls you and claims that you have failed to respond to a jury summons and that a warrant has been issued for your arrest.  When you state that you have never received a summons, the caller will say that her or she will require information for "verification purposes" in order to "cancel the arrest warrant."  At  this point, the caller will ask for sensitive information such as a social security number, date of birth, and even bank or credit card information.

If you receive such a call, do not give out any sensitive personal information.  Hang up immediately and call your local police to report the incident.

If you are concerned that you may have fallen victim to this or any other identity theft scam, please report the incident to the Illinois Attorney General's Identity Theft Hotline at 1-866-999-5630    (TTY 1-877-844-5491).  This hotline is staffed by advocates specially trained to help victims repair their credit, dispute fraudulent debts, and prevent future victimization.