Jury text scam: Scottish Courts warn of fake call-message which is being sent by text to public
Scots have been receiving scam texts advising them that they have been summoned to jury duty
Scots have been warned of a scam which is targeting people via text, telling them that they have been summoned to jury duty.
The text states: “You have been summoned to Jury Duty. Confirm or opt out using the following link.”
When the user clicks through, they’ll be taken to a landing page where they’ll be asked to provide personal details, such as bank details or home address, will then be harvested by scammers.
If you receive the text, you should not click on the link.
On their official Twitter account The Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service said: “We've been informed members of the public have received scam emails purporting to be about jury citation and requesting payment for excusal.
"SCTS does not issue jury citations by text or email and these should be ignored. If you're worried about possible fraud contact the police.”
Online scams have been on the rise during the coronavirus pandemic, with fraudsters taking advantage of the increased use of the internet during lockdown.
You should always be suspicious of any website or company asking you to give sensitive information that they wouldn’t usually ask you for.
If someone is claiming to be from a company or organisation, you can always check with the official company whether the correspondence is genuine or not.
If in doubt, it’s better to err on the side of caution than risk losing personal details or money.
Fraudsters have implemented some very sophisticated and convincing scams to trick people out of their money.