Dauphin County warns of jury duty scam

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DAUPHIN COUNTY, Pa. – Dauphin County Court officials learned that citizens are still being targeted in an on-going scam related to jury duty.

The latest incidents were reported Tuesday and Wednesday after individuals were contacted by a caller claiming to be a Dauphin County Deputy Court Administrator.

In one instance, the caller stated that the individual failed to appear for jury duty and there were two contempt warrants for his arrest from a local Magisterial District Judge, each carrying a $1000 fine.

The caller insisted on staying on the phone with this individual to track his whereabouts or else they would dispatch Sheriff’s Deputies immediately to take the person to Dauphin County prison.

This person stated that he could hear police radios in the background while on the phone and the caller was very convincing.  In fact, the caller gave a return telephone number with a very sophisticated message with prompts that name Dauphin County employees and their titles.  Please do not be fooled by this.

Dauphin County Court Administration will only send correspondence through the mail to notify jurors about their service and would never ask them to pay a fine over the phone.

Anyone with questions is encouraged to call Court Administration at (717) 780-6630.