U.S. District Court Warns Of Jury Duty Scam Calls

Nov 28, 2017

Chief U.S. District Judge Jane E. Magnus-Stinson says reports of scam calls about jury duty have increased in recent years. (Photo by Drew Daudelin)

The U.S. District Court for Southern Indiana Tuesday is warning Hoosiers about an increasingly prevalent scam call. 

When someone gets a call from the scammer, they hear that they've failed to appear for jury service. Then they're told they can pay a fine, with pre-paid gift cards, to avoid being arrested.

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Attorney General Greg Zoeller plans to tackle some of Indiana’s top consumer complaints with his legislative proposals for the 2015 session. 

The Attorney General’s office received nearly 1,000 complaints about home repair or construction scams last year, the third-largest consumer complaint category. 

Attorney General Greg Zoeller says he’s proposing legislation that would establish a voluntary registration system for what he calls the “good actors” – contractors who put up a bond with the AG’s office.

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Senator Joe Donnelly is working with groups such as AARP and the Indiana Attorney General to help seniors identify scams aimed at stealing their savings and identities. 

Donnelly serves on the Senate Special Committee on Aging and Tuesday he took a hearing on the road, holding a meeting at the Indiana State Fair. 

Several organizations, including the Indiana Association of Area Agencies on Aging, the Attorney General and the Secret Service participated, with a goal of helping empower seniors to identify financial predators. 

Advice on avoiding scams

Nov 7, 2012

A representative from the Indiana attorney general’s office will be in Lafayette, giving tips on how to avoid being a victim of scams and identity theft.

Amy Wardlow works in the consumer protection division. She says everyone should be leery of email or phone solicitations for money, because you can’t see if the person or group is who they claim to be.

"If someone asks you to wire money - be very suspicious. Once you wire money to someone, it's untraceable. It can go anywhere in the world and very often, there's no way to get it back."