Arrest warrant scheme seeks money, personal info

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Imagine getting a phone call from a man who tells you there’s a warrant out for your arrest because you missed jury duty.

It’s happening here in Albuquerque and officials say it’s all a scheme to get your personal information and money.

When the phone rang Friday, Shanna Martinez didn’t think much of it.

“There was a guy who asked for my husband by name,” Martinez said.

What he said next really caught her off guard.

“This is an officer of the court and that he missed jury duty and a warrant has been issued for his arrest.”

The call lasted a few minutes.

“And he just kept emphasizing that warrant,” Martinez said.

She later hung up.

“I just was scared out of my mind, my heart was racing,” Martinez said. “I was trembling. I didn’t know what to do.”

So she Googled ‘Bernalillo County District Court’ and found a completely different phone number. She called and later learned she wasn’t the only one getting that fishy phone call.

“At first, it did sound legitimate,” Martinez said.

District court says it isn’t.

A spokesperson says the caller would often ask for personal information and demand money.

News 13 was able to get that phone number but when we called, there was a message saying the number had changed or was no longer in service.

Martinez was told by detectives these kinds of people will quickly change their numbers.

Either way, she didn’t fall for it.

“I just wouldn’t give him any of my information,” Martinez said. “I don’t think he knew how to respond to that.”

Martinez has the following advice.

“Just watch when you answer the phone. It’s just scammers or solicitors.”

Martinez says her husband never got a letter for jury duty in the mail and that’s how they’re delivered.

Also, you wouldn’t get a phone call from the courts saying there’s a warrant for your arrest.

District court says the best thing to do if you get a call like this is to just hang up, just like Martinez did.

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