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Lee County Clerk of the Court issues warming about ‘missed jury duty’ scam

By Staff | Apr 24, 2015

Clerk of Court Linda Doggett would like all Lee County residents to be aware of a recent spike in “Missed Jury Duty” scams.

This newest round of scams comes in the form of telephone calls. Victims are falsely being told they missed jury duty and must pay a fine or face arrest. Callers posing as clerk employees are demanding payment of a $400 fine, even though victims never received a jury summons. Victims are being advised to purchase a MoneyPak prepaid credit card, call a designated phone number, and read off the card number.

Don’t be a victim. If you receive such a call, hang up immediately. You can contact the Sheriff’s Office Fraud Line at 239-258-3292 to report the incident.

Doggett would like to remind residents that all jury-related notices are mailed. Jury summons and failure to appear notices are never communicated through phone calls or e-mail.

Important tips to remember:

The Clerk’s office does not telephone or e-mail residents requesting to verify personal information;

If a resident misses jury duty, the individual may receive a failure-to-appear notice in the mail from a judicial officer of the 20th Judicial Circuit;

Do not open an e-mail attachment from any unknown source, and never provide personal information to an unknown source, either by phone or by e-mail.

To learn more about the Crime Prevention topics offered by the Lee County Sheriff’s Office please visit website www.sheriffleefl.org .

– Source: Office of the Clerk of Court