For Immediate Release
November 18, 2020
Concord, NH – Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald warns New Hampshire residents about multiple recent reports of scammers spoofing the New Hampshire Supreme Court's telephone number as part of a new scam. Spoofing is when a caller deliberately falsifies the information transmitted to your caller ID display in order to disguise their identity and make it appear that they are calling from a specific location.
In the last week, multiple New Hampshire residents have received calls that appear to be coming from the New Hampshire Supreme Court's (603) 271-2646 phone number. In all reported incidents, the scammer identified himself as "Officer Edwards" and claimed that the resident had missed jury duty and would need to pay a fine to avoid a warrant being issued for their arrest.
The New Hampshire Supreme Court will never call potential jurors about missed jury service. The New Hampshire Judiciary will similarly never request payment over the phone for failure to appear for jury service. Any attempt to solicit money or personal information in order to avoid an arrest warrant being issued is a scam.
The Attorney General urges New Hampshire residents to be vigilant. Anyone receiving one of these calls should take the following steps:
Anyone looking to confirm the authenticity of a communication from the New Hampshire Judicial Branch may contact the New Hampshire Judicial Branch Information Center at 1-855-212-1234.
New Hampshire Department of Justice
33 Capitol Street | Concord, NH | 03301