Jury Scam Warning

A Scam Warning for Jurors
A Jury Scam Alert Web page is now available on the California Courts Web site warning jurors of potential scams. More than a dozen states, including California, have issued public warnings about calls from people claiming to be court officials seeking personal information.

There is a telephone scam spreading throughout the county where the caller identifies themselves as the local Sherriff’s Department and claiming a bench warrant was issued. The scammer asks you must purchase a pre-paid credit card to pay of your fine. Please do not purchase a pre-paid card or provide any personal information to the scammer. Contact the Bakersfield Police Department immediately and provide them with all the information you have from the scammer (name, agency name, phone number, and what the scammer was requesting for you to do) so the Bakersfield Police Department can file a report.

Jury Staff of the Superior Court does not ask past, no show, or prospective jurors for financial information such as credit card and bank account information or personal information like Social Security Numbers. Please do not provide this type of information to anyone claiming to be associated with the courts. Please contact Jury Services immediately if you receive this type of request.