Our friends at the Lee County, Florida Sheriff’s Office are warning their citizens about the “Jury Duty” scam.
The Lee County Sheriff’s Office Fraud Line has received reports this week of unscrupulous individuals posing as representatives from the U.S. District Court attempting to obtain personal information and cash from residents in a scam known as the “Jury Duty” scam. Here’s how the scheme works:
Your phone rings and the con-artist claims to be a court official and states you did not respond to a jury summons, which has now resulted in a warrant for your arrest. When you advise the caller you never received a summons to appear before the court, he quickly says he will “cancel the warrant” once you verify your personal information and agree to pay a small fine. At this point, the caller will give instructions on how to “wire transfer” your payment, while calmly asking for sensitive information such as your social security number, date of birth, address and bank account numbers.
If you receive a call like this, do not provide any information and immediately hang up. You can then call your local law enforcement agency for more information. This scam has been showing up with increasing frequency around Florida and other states. Variations may include receiving this threat by email as well as telephone. Let’s spread the word so that others don’t fall prey to this scheme.
Keep ’em safe!