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Posted on: November 15, 2013

[ARCHIVED] New Castle County Warns Residents of “Jury Duty” Phone Scam

New Castle County Police are investigating several phone scams where the caller identifies himself as an employee of the Courthouse and attempts to collect money from the individual for missing Jury Duty.

Over the past several days, County Police have been investigating several phone scams that have been
reported regarding an individual that has been identifying himself as “Aaron Foster” from the Courthouse. The subject "advises" the individual answering the phone that there has been a warrant issued for his/her arrest for missing Jury Duty. The subject then tells them to prevent being arrested, he/she needs to pay $100 over the phone.

New Castle County Police wants the public to know that no court representative will call your home asking for money over the phone. People who are called should not give out any personal or financial information and report the incident immediately to authorities. The agency is asking for everyone to be on alert and those who have been involved in a similar scam, are asked to call our non-emergency
number at 302-573-2800.

This phone scam has been prevalent across country and we want to remind citizens that phone scams are a seemingly easy way for dishonest people to get money from unsuspecting consumers.

The scammers are also interested in learning your personal information, such as your Social Security number and birth date. They will also try to get your financial information, such as your bank account or credit card number.

Knowing how to recognize a phone scam will help you to protect your money and/or becoming a victim of identity theft.

Anyone with questions as to the validity of a telephone call from any alleged court official, or if they want to confirm their status regarding Jury Duty, is asked to call the courthouse at 302-255-0824. You can also go to their website at http://courts.delaware.gov/.

To offer any other information regarding this investigation, please contact the New Castle County Police Department at 395-8110. You can also submit crime tips anonymously by going to www.NCCPD.com and following the link for Tips and Alerts. You will be asked for a subject line, the location the tip applies to, and your tip information. You may also attach a photograph.

Citizens may also provide text tips by texting the key word NCCPD followed by your tip to 847411 (TIP411). Tipsters
may also call Crime Stoppers at (800) TIP-3333.

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