Judge: Beware of Jury Duty Phone Scam

Hamilton County residents report that a man identifying himself as a lieutenant with the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office has called them saying they failed to appear for jury duty and must purchase a Green Dot Card to avoid going to jail. Court officials who work with jurors say there have been other similar calls. In each case, the "victim" had never been given a jury summons, the Chattanoogan reports. "This is a complete fraud that our citizens should be beware of," General Session Judge Christie Sell said after being alerted to the scam. "It is a travesty when someone tries to undermine the justice system in this way." If you receive such a call or have information on those perpetrating this scam, contact the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office at (423) 209-8940.