MUSKEGON, Mich. – Several people from Muskegon have been hit with a jury duty scam.
According to Muskegon County Sheriff, Dean Roesler several people have called the department saying that they have received phone calls and emails telling them that they have missed jury duty. The message concludes by telling people that they must pay a $500.00 fine or spend 30 days behind bars.
It’s all part of a scam called the Humor Hotline.
“This ‘humor’ hotline is anything but humorous,” Roesler said. “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.”
Some of the victims have also been told that a warrant is out for their arrest.
If anyone receives a call that says they’ve missed jury duty, make sure the person is identified as a Muskegon County jury clerk.