Stevens said when she called the Delaware County Court, the clerk there told her the reports sounded similar. Stevens then posted a warning on the Bellefontaine Municipal Court website.
“I wanted them to know what it was about and not to meet anyone,” she said.
It’s important that people understand jury summons and other information regarding jury duty is always in writing, Bellefontaine Municipal Court Judge Anne Beck said.
“People who are called to jury duty, they serve a very important role in the justice system and we want them to be safe,” she said. “…We have to keep a record. So phone calls don’t work.”
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Anyone summoned for jury duty from the municipal court would receive a yellow card in the mail instructing when they have to appear in court, Stevens said.
But if anyone ever has questions about jury duty, she said they can call the municipal court at 937-599-6127.
Geneva Johnson owns The Mixing Bowl shop in downtown Bellefontaine. She’s not surprised to hear about the jury duty scam.
“People are sneaky,” she said.
Now when she receives calls from an unknown number, she doesn’t answer.
“Don’t give out information when they ask,” she said. “You’ve just got be aware of what’s going on.”
Anyone who receives a call that seems suspicious should call their local law enforcement officers, Stevens said.