Utah court officials are warning people to beware of a jury duty scam that continues to persist throughout the U.S.
"We're trying to get the word out statewide," said Nancy Volmer, spokeswoman for the Administrative Office of the Courts.
Volmer said there are indications that local residents have been contacted by the scam artists. The scam involves an individual who claims to be a court employee, saying the resident has failed to report for jury duty and that an arrest warrant has been issued.
The caller then asks for personal information, such as a birth date, Social Security number and at times a credit card number to cancel the warrant.
"The state courts rarely if ever call a potential juror," said Utah State Court Administrator Dan Becker. "If a potential juror is contacted, the courts would never request personal identifying information."
Volmer said several court clerks have received calls from concerned people who have been contacted by the scam. Becker encouraged any resident who receives such a call to report it to local law enforcement.