What's happening: Tarrant County citizens are being contacted by phone in a growing jury duty scam. The caller informs the citizen that they failed to report for jury duty and there is a warrant for their arrest with a fine being assessed upwards to $4,000. The caller then allows the citizen to pay their fine over the phone to avoid being arrested.
What you should do: Write down the phone number the person is calling from. Do not give the caller any personal information about yourself. Contact your local police department and request to file a complaint.
What you should know: Tarrant County Jury Services would never contact you by phone to pay a fine for failing to appear for jury service. Typically, we would send a failed to appear notice before taking any action. If a warrant is issued for your arrest, there is no warning phone call. The courts do not allow citizens to pay a fine in lieu of jury service. A fine can be assessed, and in some cases jail time but it would still result in the jury service being rescheduled to a later date.