Morrisey warns of a jury duty scam | State & Region | #phishing | #scams


West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is alerting consumers to an emerging jury duty scam – with a twist.

The Attorney General’s Office received a report from the West Virginia Fusion Center last week regarding a jury duty fine scam that may include a potential personal safety element.

A consumer in Kanawha County was contacted by a caller representing themself as being with the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office. The call appeared to come from a legitimate Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office telephone number. The caller had the consumer’s work location, home address, work and cell phone numbers, and potential relatives prior to the consumer providing any sort of information.

The caller told the consumer they had failed to appear for jury duty and had multiple warrants for their arrest. The consumer received instructions to meet at the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office, in-person, and bring $1,900 in bail money, paid either in cash or by debit card. 

The W.Va. Fusion Center also recently received three additional reports from the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office of scam calls involving similar spoofed calls appearing to be from law enforcement requesting payment for a supposed failure to appear for jury duty.

If consumers receive a suspicious call claiming to represent law enforcement, they should check directly with the legitimate agency to confirm if the call is authentic.

Anyone who believes they may have been affected by this scam should contact the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division at 1-800-368-8808, the Eastern Panhandle Consumer Protection Office in Martinsburg at 304-267-0239 or visit the office online at www.wvago.gov.



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