Reps. Pass Along Scam Warnings

The New Castle County Police and Attorney General’s Office have informed us of two scams currently being perpetrated against people in the area, so we are providing information about these scams, how to spot them and what to do if you receive such a message. We hope this information is useful and helps you avoid being victimized.

We urge you to forward this message to others who might find the information useful.


Be Aware of Jury Duty Phone Scam

New Castle County Police are investigating several phone scams where the caller identifies himself as an employee of the NCCo Courthouse and attempts to collect money from the individual for missing jury duty.

Over the past several days, county police have been investigating several reported phone scams regarding an individual that has been identifying himself as “Aaron Foster.” The subject proceeds to advise the target that a warrant has been issued for the target’s arrest for missing jury duty. Then the subject says that to avoid arrest, the target needs to pay $100 over the phone.

No court representative will call your home asking for money over the phone. People who are called should not give out any personal or financial information and report the incident immediately to authorities. NCCPD is asking for everyone to be on alert. Those who have been involved in a similar scam are asked to call a non-emergency number, (302) 573-2800.

Anyone with questions as to the validity of a telephone call from any alleged court official, or if they want to confirm their status regarding jury duty, is asked to call the courthouse at (302) 255-0824. 


Avoid Falling Victim to Typhoon Haivan charitable solicitation scams

The Department of Justice is urging Delawareans to be on the lookout for fraudulent charitable solicitation scams related to the devastation caused to the Philippines this past week by Typhoon Haiyan.

To protect themselves against solicitation fraud, Delawareans should: 

·         Make sure a charity is legitimate by visiting the Better Business Bureau, Charity Navigator, or the American Institute of Philanthropy  where you can view lists of verified charities. Ensure that the solicitation website and the purported charity match and that the website is secure.

·         Hang up on aggressive cold callers and delete unsolicited e-mail.

·         Ask whether your donation is tax-deductible.

·         Avoid clicking on links received via email or online pop-ups and do not provide any personal information to anyone you suspect is attempting to fraudulently solicit you.

·         Do not give cash donations and do not supply your credit card number or other personal financial information.

Anyone who suspects they have been scammed or have received a suspicious solicitation should immediately call the Attorney General’s toll-free Consumer Hotline at (800) 220-5424 or email the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Unit at consumer.protection@state.de.us.