UPDATED: Monday, February 17, 2014 - 9:38pm
Waco, Texas — The McLennan County District Clerk's Office is warning of a new jury duty scam going around.
There are currently phone calls being made in Texas and other states that appear to be from County Officials reporting that persons have missed jury duty and threatening the person with arrest for failure to appear. Although it is a violation of law to fail to appear for jury duty, the McLennan County District Clerk’s staff usually does not contact individuals who have failed to appear for jury duty except through personal appearance by appropriate court personnel with an official summons or writ of attachment. The District Clerk’s Office will never request your social security number, credit card information or other personal financial information. This is called “Phishing.”
If you are at all in doubt about the authenticity of any communications, do not respond to the information request. Instead, contact the McLennan County District Clerk’s Office through official communication channels.
What is Phishing?
Phishing (pronounced "fishing") refers to fraudulent communications designed to deceive customers into divulging personal, financial or account information. These scams come in different forms and are evolving regularly, such as official sounding telephone calls or e-mails that provide a link to a fraudulent site, inviting the recipient to provide personal information.
To call the McLennan County District Clerk's office, call: 254-757-5054 or 254-757-5057.