Authorities warn about a new scam that’s been making the rounds in North Dakota.
Parrell Grossman with the consumer protection division says several people in Bismarck have fallen victim to what he calls the jury duty scam.
Folks will get a call from scammers impersonating a police officer–
Who accuse people of not showing up to jury duty.
They will threaten to send an officer to arrest them unless they send a cash penalty.
“There’s also another interesting twist, sometimes they call around and ask for confidential information they claim they’re collecting information for the jury pool and they they’ll ask for confidential info and again, none of our state courts or city courts or federal courts would contact potential jurors and ask for confidential information over the phone,” says Parrell Grossman, Consumer Protector’s Division
Unlike others, Grossman says this scam is successful because crooks are asking people to send smaller amounts of money, usually 1 to 2 thousand dollars.