CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Attorney General Darrell McGraw is warning residents about a telephone scam attempting to trick people into believing they have failed to show up for jury duty.
McGraw says residents have reported receiving automated telephone messages claiming there is a warrant for their arrest for a failed jury duty appearance and threatens imprisonment. The phone calls claim to come from a federal or state court and tell consumers they can avoid jail time if they pay a fine with their credit cards over the phone.
McGraw said federal and state courts do not notify the public of jury duty by telephone. He is advising consumers not to give out personal information such as dates of birth, social security numbers or credit card numbers over the phone or on the Internet.
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