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May 4, 2022 1:10 PM

Jury Duty/Phone Scam Alert

FULTON – Fulton County Clerk of Superior and Magistrate Courts, Cathelene “Tina” Robinson (Atlanta Judicial Circuit), announces a jury duty and phone scammer alert, effective immediately, for all Fulton County, Metro Atlanta, and surrounding areas.

Recently, several reports have been made to the office of the Clerk of Superior and Magistrate Courts stating that callers, presenting themselves as Jury Clerks or members of the Clerk’s Office, have contacted constituents requesting personal information (e.g., SSN, dates of birth, etc.) and/or funds to avoid citations, liens, or arrest; a technique known as “spoofing.”

The FCC (Federal Communications Commission) reports that scammers often use the spoofing technique to contact random consumers. Caller ID spoofing occurs when a caller deliberately falsifies the information transmitted to a caller ID display to disguise their identity. Spoofing is often used as part of an attempt to trick someone into giving away valuable personal information so it can be used in fraudulent activity or sold illegally but also can be used legitimately, for example, to display the toll-free number for a business.

Consumers should understand that the Office of the Clerk of Superior and Magistrate Courts will never request personal information or solicit funds for service by telephone. All inquiries or requests from The Clerk’s Office are made in writing (via mailings or email notices) and constituents are asked to contact the office should they receive any unfamiliar or alarming correspondences. Additionally, the Clerk of Superior and Magistrate Courts does not facilitate, oversee, or manage any duties related to prospective or selected jurors.

While citizens should not be alarmed, the Clerk of Courts, Cathelene “Tina” Robinson, encourages all citizens to remain aware and take action.
“As the Clerk of two extremely high-volume courts, one of my main concerns has always been the protection of information related to the people that I serve. Successfully combating phone imposter scams of all types, including spoofing, will take a collective effort and the first step is through awareness and education. I also urge anyone who feels that they have been a victim of spoofing to report it to their local authorities and the FCC.”

To learn about caller spoofing and other types of phone scams, please visit the Federal Communications Commission at www.fcc.gov/consumers/guides/spoofing-and-caller-id.

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