Published: 2:28 pm, Wed. Sep. 27th, 2017Updated: 2:26 pm
The jury duty scam may be familiar to people in other parts of the state, as the Office of the Attorney General has had previous reports from Bernalillo and Doña Ana counties, but the scam appears to have resurfaced in the Santa Fe area. Balderas’ statewide Scam Alert was issued Tuesday to urge New Mexicans to be on guard for this scam and protect themselves from financial harm.
“The courts do not call people to notify them of fines or warrants,” Balderas said. “New Mexico Courts will issue formal paperwork for jury summonses, for fines or for warrants — but will never call people and threaten them. Anyone who receives a threatening call from the ‘courts’ for failing to appear for jury duty should immediately be suspicious that it is a scam and hang up the phone.”
To check whether you have been called for jury duty, find links to local courts at www.jury.nmcourts.gov. The local courts can verify whether an individual has been summoned for jury duty.
“As frightening as these calls may be,” said Balderas, “people should not pay a supposed fine to anyone on the basis of a phone call. These callers are scammers and need to be identified and stopped.”
The state’s Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) is aware of the scams and has verified that information from jury rolls has not been inadvertently disclosed. There is no information to indicate that jury rolls have been compromised, according to AOC. Instead, scammers are just playing a numbers game. Since about 10 percent of the population receives a jury summons in any given year, callers can easily persuade recipients that they may be out of compliance.
To report these scams, contact the OAG at 505-717-3500 or visit www.nmag.gov.