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Jury Duty Scam Resurfaces in Connecticut

The FBI and U.S. Attorney's office released information on a telephone scam involving a man claiming to be from the U.S. District Court.

Credit: Connecticut Business Bureau
Credit: Connecticut Business Bureau
If you receive a phone call from a man claiming to be "Lt. Steve Smith” with badge number 8031 from the U.S. District Court in Bridgeport, someone is attempting to scam you. 

Three people recently reported receiving a phone call from someone claiming to be Smith. The man would then refer to a case number, say the person failed to appear for jury selection, and because of this, there was a warrant for their arrest, Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, said.

Then, the caller told people that a bond had been set and the matter would be resolved if they gave him four Green Dot pre-paid $500 VISA cards. Green Dot cards are pre-paid Visa or MasterCard debit cards.

Daly said one of the people called bought a card and at the caller’s direction, provided the card’s number to the caller.

Federal and state courts in Connecticut do not call prospective jurors and ask for money or personal identifying information over the telephone, Daly said. Juror information can be found on the U.S. District Court in Connecticut website.

If you receive phone calls from suspicious sources, never disclose personal identifying information, as it may be used to cause serious financial harm and jeopardize a person’s credit, she added.

If You Receive a Jury Duty Scam Call

Report it, along with any available Caller ID information, to the Federal Bureau of Investigation in New Haven at 203-777-6311, or 1-800-CALL FBI (1-800-225-5324), Daly said.
Igor July 03, 2014 at 08:13 PM
But you being so much smarter would never fall for a scam, right Thomas Johnson?
Thomas Johnson July 04, 2014 at 11:34 AM
Ignorant Igor. With no idea whether I'm smart or stupid, you probably believe I'm daft but that's all it is - a belief. You sir, are a troll and the evidence is obvious and irrefutable...
Igor July 04, 2014 at 01:00 PM
Troll? I love it when people can't express themselves and they fall back to name calling. I do believe elderly people are victimized because they come from a trusting era ( before, it's all about me generation starting screwing each other over) and do not have the technical knowledge younger people have. This does not mean they are ignorant. So after your statement I assume you have never bought a lemon of a car, had the old bait or switched pulled on you in other words you are immune to any scam.
Thomas Johnson July 04, 2014 at 01:20 PM
One last response to your self-serving rant and then you shall be ignored as you should be. I'm really sorry for failing to "express myself" sufficiently for your limited grasp of the English language but I make no such apology for dubbing you a troll. From the dictionary that you really should avail yourself of once in a while: TROLL - an e-mail message or posting on the Internet intended to provoke an indignant response in the reader...

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