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Scam Artists Impersonate Courts

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RICHLAND, Wash. - Richland police said scam artists posing as court officials are using jury duty as a hook to get you to reveal private information.

Criminals know if they can catch you with your guard down, they can pull a fast on you. This time scammers tell you, you didn't show up for jury duty and they have a warrant for your arrest.

When you protest its not you. Scammers claim they'll clear up the misunderstanding if you give them your social security number, birth date and bank information.

If you get a call that sounds similar to this police recommend you hang up, find the place the caller claims to be from in the phone book and call that number to verify if you missed jury duty.

"The courts will not call anybody and ask them for that type of personal information which would be identity theft issues," said Sgt. Dan Phillips, Richland Police Department.

Phillips said usually courts will send you a letter first, and representatives will call you only after the letter, and if that very rarely.

According to scam artists have called victims in nine states including Washington and Oregon.