Don’t fall for this ‘jury duty’ scam popping up in Houston | #datingscams


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Scam artists are using a sophisticated way to target innocent victims here in Houston.

Scammers pretending to be Harris County employees recently used a cloned phone number to call an unsuspecting victim, according to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office. They told the victim that they failed to show up for jury duty and had to pay a fine to clear their name. 

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This isn’t how jury summons work, but some (if not most) Houstonians aren’t privy to the ins and outs of jury service and could fall for the scam.


Any official correspondence about jury duty will come in the mail. It is unclear if the victim in the recent case wound up paying any money to the scammers.

This is the latest way that scam artists  target victims here in Houston, though it’s been used in the past. 

Thieves use several other methods, including impersonating a police officer to obtain gift cards from unsuspecting targets. The victims are instructed to send a gift card to the scammers or read the card number over the phone after it’s purchased.

Another way they target Houstonians is through a dating scam, where scammers pose as lovers on dating apps and request money from their victims. 

To report scams in Harris County, call the Harris County Sheriff’s Office at 713-221-6000. 







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