ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Add Cibola and Sandoval to the list of New Mexico counties that have become unhappy hosts to the juror scam.
In both cases, the recipients of the calls — one as recently as Sunday — were told that they had failed to show up for jury duty and would be held in contempt of court if they didn’t agree to pay a fine immediately.
“We have received reports that someone is posing as a court employee and demanding payment of fake fines over the phone by credit card,” according to the “scam alert” posted on the court’s website. “Please know that the 13th District Court will never call and ask for payment of any fines by phone using a credit card.”
The scam is similar to one reported last summer by the Albuquerque-based U.S. District Court of New Mexico. That was followed a few months later by a similar scam that I wrote about last month (Dec. 8: U.S. court hijacked for 2 schemes“) in which individuals were threatened with arrest if they didn’t agree to pay a bogus fine.
The county courts of the Thirteenth Judicial District include Cibola, Sandoval and Valencia.