"If you get a call from someone with this story or one like it, you should immediately end the call without providing any personal information," said Cindra Walker, general counsel for the Administrative Office of the Courts in Frankfort.
"Kentucky court officials send jury summons information by U.S. mail and will not ask for your confidential information by phone. We encourage people to never provide their Social Security number, date of birth or other personal information to anyone over the phone.
"These scammers are using the alleged connection to the court system to scare people into providing their private information, which they can then use to access bank accounts, apply for credit cards and cause other damage."
This jury-duty scam isn't new, but there apparently has been a resurgence of it lately. Officials in several states recently have issued public warnings through the media about the scam after receiving reports that citizens in their area have gotten calls. At least a dozen states have reported instances of the scam in the past few years, according to the FBI.
Citizens should contact their local law enforcement agency if they receive a phone call they believe could be related to this scam.
For information about a jury duty summons, citizens should contact the circuit court clerk in the county where they live.