Statewide Scam Alert: Calls from Phony Jury Commissioner
Prompt Concern from Coconino County Residents
PHOENIX – The Arizona Supreme Court is alerting the public on an increase of jury-related scams making their way across the state. Most recently, the Superior Court in Coconino County has received several calls from concerned residents who have been contacted by an individual identifying himself as the “Jury Commissioner.”
This individual is using aggressive and threatening language, attempting to confirm personal information—including addresses, phone numbers, date of birth, and email addresses—and informing citizens a warrant has been issued for their arrest.
Residents in Maricopa County have also been targeted by scammers attempting to collect fines. Scammers threaten residents with arrest for failure to appear for jury service but offer to resolve the matter by collecting fines.
In Yuma County—and others across the state—scammers have represented themselves as law enforcement officials, including sheriff’s office lieutenants, in their attempt to collect court-related fines.
Although very convincing, the courts remind everyone that Arizona’s Jury Commissioners, court personnel, and law enforcement officials do not contact citizens demanding verification of personal information or payments. Please be vigilant and do not relay or confirm personal information or pay fines over the phone.
If you have questions about jury service in your area, contact your local jury office or find additional details and court contact information here: azcourts.gov/juryservice.
The Arizona Attorney General’s Office has been notified of this scam.
If you have fallen victim to a scam, contact your local law enforcement agency. If you believe you have been contacted by any individual claiming to be a Jury Commissioner or been the victim of consumer fraud, you can file a consumer complaint online at azag.gov/complaints/consumer. You can also call 602-542-5763 (Phoenix), 520-628-6648 (Tucson), or toll-free outside of metro Phoenix at 1-800-352-8431.
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