Council on Aging wants you to be aware of a recent scam. Jury duty scams have been around for over a decade and the scam is increasing in our area.
No sheriff department deputies and/or court officers will EVER call and ask for payment or make threats regarding an arrest. Always remember that the goal of scammers is to use fear to elicit an emotional response.
The Davidson County Sheriff issued a warning last month that people have been receiving calls from someone pretending to be a deputy. This fake deputy will then tell you that since you did not appear for jury duty, you must pay a fine or be arrested.
If you have received a jury duty scam call, please report it by calling Metro Police Fraud Unit at 615-862-7594.
Tips to protect yourself:
- Never give out personal information like social security numbers, DOB, etc.
- Never give out financial information like bank account numbers or credit card information
- Do not react out of fear. You have the right to verify any requests for information
About The Council on Aging
The Council on Aging was launched in 1985 as a vital outgrowth from a mayoral task force on senior issues. The task force saw the need for an engaged, impartial and accountable group to continually study gaps in services for seniors and to be an advocate on behalf of senior issues. COA is now an independent, board-directed 501(c)3 non-profit organization. To learn more about the COA, visit their website here.