HAMILTON, OH (FOX19) - The Hamilton Police Department and the Butler County Clerk of Courts are warning residents about an ongoing jury duty scam.
Police say a person phones your residence and claims to be a court officer. The "court officer" states that you have failed to report for jury duty and a warrant has been issued for your arrest. The perpetrator offers to clear up the situation, but says he must verify your personal information. Some victims have even been asked to furnish their credit card numbers. If citizens refuse to comply, they are threatened with additional fines and charges.
"If you receive this call, you should hang up the telephone. It is a scam. Many citizens believe that this is a legitimate call and they disclose confidential information," said Chief Neil Ferdelman. The Hamilton Police Department has not received any reports about this illegal activity, but with the economy in crisis, we expect to see more fraudulent scams occurring."
The Butler County Clerk of Courts office manages the jury database for all Butler County courts. Butler County Clerk of Courts Cindy Carpenter stated that her office never collects juror phone numbers, social security numbers or any type of financial information.
If you have already given out your personal information, please monitor your account statements, credit reports, and contact your local police department.
Hamilton residents can file a crime report by calling the Hamilton Police Department's Public Affairs Section at (513) 868-5811, extension 2007.
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