State Court Administrator Cautions Against Phone Call Hoax
February 17. 2013 2:07AM
District court administrators say there have been many cases of citizens who received a phone call or text message from family or friends, saying their names appeared in the newspaper for failing to appear at jury duty.
The call then directs them to dial a phone number where a recorded message informs them they failed to appear for jury duty and face a $500 fine or a 30-day jail sentence. The message ends by saying the call is a joke and tells listeners to forward the number to extend the hoax.
‚??This prank is causing confusion and anxiety and has resulted in disruptions and undue work for court employees, which translates to a waste of tax dollars,‚?Ě Pines said. ‚??Please don‚??t forward these messages if you receive one. Our focus needs to be on providing the efficient administration of justice for the Commonwealth and its citizens.‚?Ě
If someone has a question about a jury service call they are encouraged to call their county court administrator‚??s office, Pines said. A complete listing of court administrators is available on the Pennsylvania Judiciary Web site at: http://www.pacourts.us/T/CommonPleas/DCAs.htm.