MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) - The Muskegon County Sheriff is warning residents about a scam involving jury duty. Numerous residents reported receiving calls or e-mails stating they missed jury duty. The e-mails tell residents there's a warrant out for their arrest and they must pay a $500 fine or face jail time.
The sheriff says the fraudulent e-mails are a scam organized by the Humor Hotline. He adds that jury duty notifications only come from a Muskegon County jury clerk.
Below is an advisory posted by the Muskegon County Sheriff:
FRAUDULENT NOTICE OF FAILURE TO APPEAR FOR JURY DUTY
PLEASE BE ADVISED that some Muskegon County citizens have been hit with a jury scam. We have received numerous phone calls from citizens and potential jurors informing us that they have
received phone calls and e-mails stating that they have missed jury duty. Some have been told their name is on a list at the courthouse, some have been told that they have a bench warrant out for their arrest. Some have been told that they have the option to pay a $500.00 fine or serve a 30 day jail sentence.
THIS IS A SCAM. The entire thing is a scam and it tells you to pass it on to trick your friends. It is part of something called the Humor Hotline. IF YOU RECEIVE any information concerning your missed jury duty please make sure that the person is identified as a Muskegon County Jury Clerk. They will always properly identify themselves to the public.
Sheriff Roseler: "This 'humor' hotline is anything but humorous. It creates disruption within the courts and creates unnecessary concerns for innocent citizens Even though this phone call suggests to 'pay it forward' I would remind citizens that it is a misdemeanor crime to use the telephone to 'harass, annoy, threaten, intimidate, or otherwise intentionally disrupt a person's peace.'"
Prosecutor Hilson: "Our system of justice relies on the citizens of this community to serve as impartial jurors. This attempt at humor has the potential to deter people from fulfilling their civic duty which limits our ability to provide a fair cross section of the community in the jury pool."
For more information regarding Muskegon County Jury Duty, we refer you to our website at www.co.muskegon.mi.us/jury.