FYI: Jury Duty Scam

The following was provided for your information by the WSPD and the FCSO

The Winston-Salem Police Department has recently investigated multiple cases involving a Jury Duty scam. In these cases, citizens were called by someone claiming to be a law enforcement official and advising the citizen that they missed jury duty and was subsequently in contempt of court. Citizens were told they would be required to pay a fine to avoid being arrested and confined in the local jail. Unfortunately, several residents have fallen victim to similar scams in the past, resulting in them transferring or sending money as the caller had directed.

The Winston-Salem Police Department or Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office does not conduct business in such a manner as recorded above. In the event a person fails to appear as directed by a Jury Summons, they will not be contacted by telephone requiring them to transfer money. If a citizen is called by an individual claiming to be a law enforcement officer and directing a money transfer be made under threat of arrest, the resident should obtain the caller’s name, telephone number, and other relevant information before telling the caller they will call them back.

Citizens targeted by this scam or having information about persons responsible for committing these acts, should immediately contact the Winston-Salem Police Department at (336) 773-7700 or they may call Crimestoppers at (336) 727-2800.