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Beware of phone scam

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October 26, 2007
— A phone scam that could result in identity theft has hit two Walworth County residents, the clerk of circuit court’s office said Friday.

People pretending to be from the Walworth County Clerk of Circuit Court’s Office tell victims there is an active warrant for their arrest because they missed required jury duty. They tell victims that to clear the warrant they must confirm some information—name, date of birth and Social Security number.


These callers do not work for Walworth County and are attempting to steal victims’ identities, authorities said. People are advised not to provide their personal information over the phone.


Two county residents have reported such phone calls to the clerk of circuit court’s office. One resident, who is not in the county’s jury pool, said the caller was from out of state, Clerk of Circuit Court Sheila Reiff said.


Neither the sheriff’s department nor the clerk of circuit court’s office phones county residents for this reason. Residents always are notified of jury duty by mail.


To report a suspicious phone call, call the Walworth County Clerk of Circuit Court’s Office at (262) 741-7012.



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