Local Roundup: Court officials warn of scam

CNJ staff

A recent scam that plays on citizens being called for jury duty has court officials getting the word out.
A caller claims to be a jury coordinator and tells the citizen he or she didn’t report for jury duty and asks for a social security number and date of birth, so the caller can cancel an arrest warrant issued for failure to appear, according to 9th Judicial District Court Executive Officer Louis C. Moore.

The fraud has been reported so far in 11 states, including Oklahoma, Illinois, and Colorado, he said.

Moore said residents should never give out personal information to callers. “The 9th Judicial District Court will not contact jurors in this manner,” he said.

The FBI and the federal court system have issued nationwide alerts on their Web sites, warning consumers about the fraud.

If anyone receives a call of this nature, they may report it to Shelly Burger, court manager for the Curry County Court Clerk’s Office at 762-9148, or Margie Jones, court clerk supervisor for the Roosevelt County Court Clerk’s Office at 356-4463.

Business center holding open house
The Clovis Centennial Committee will sponsor a holiday open house today from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Business Enterprise Center at 105 E. Grand. The event, a come-and-go wine-and-cheese reception, is open to the public.

The new Norman and Vi Petty Museum at the Business Enterprise Center will be open.

Sponsors of the event include the centennial committee, the Chamber of Commerce, the Clovis Industrial Development Corporation and staff, and Southwest Cheese.