Residents have reported incidents of being threatened to paying a “fine” of $500 to $1,000 by callers pretending to be associated with the jury commission, the Ada County Jury Commissioner’s Office warned Wednesday.
The scammers tell citizens that they are under an arrest warrant for failing to appear for jury duty. One person said they were told to buy a gift card from the Broadway Albertson’s for $1,000, mail it to someone who claimed to be an officer, and then call that person to lift the (nonexistent) warrant. That person went through those instructions and lost $1,000, according to the release.
The commissioner’s office would never tell a possible juror that it issued a warrant for their arrest, Wednesday’s notice states. If a juror does fail to appear, they get a physical letter or email requesting a rescheduling of jury duty.