More Jury Duty Scam Phone Calls
The Lee County, Florida, Sheriff’s Office is once again warning its residents about a resurgence in fraudulent phone calls threatening people with arrest using the Jury Duty Scam.
A scammer claiming to be from the “Sheriff’s Office” contacted a resident this week trying to pull off what is known as the “Jury Duty” scam. The male caller identified himself as Lt. John Martin and told the victim a warrant had been issued for her arrest because she failed to respond to a “Grand Jury” summons. The caller told the victim she could avoid being arrested if she paid a $3,996 fine; and instructed her to go to CVS, purchase a Green Dot Money Pack card – also known as a reloadable debit card – and provide him with the serial number located on the back of the card. When the victim told the scammer she did not believe him, he passed the phone to his “Captain”.
Fortunately, the victim did not respond to “Lt. Martin’s” threats and demands; however, the Sheriff’s Office wants residents to know that under NO circumstances would we ever contact you over the phone asking for money and/or threatening arrest for failure to respond to a jury duty summons. It is important to know that in this particular case, the scammer DID use a local phone number and when authorities call the number back, it immediately connects to a voice mail with a message that states, “You have reached the desk of Lt. Martin with the Lee County Sheriff’s Department, leave your name, number and a brief message and I will return your call”. The Sheriff’s Office does NOT have an employee by the name of LT. MARTIN and residents should NOT leave a message.
Anyone who receives such a call is advised to simply hang up! You can report this incident to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office Fraud Line at 258-3292.
View the original bulletin: Fraud Alert Jury Duty Scam May 2014
Remind your people:
A key point to reinforce when you warn others about this fraud is to be wary of any caller that requires payment in Green Dot Money Pack cards. These cards are a favorite among criminals because they are virtually untraceable. Remind everyone that if they receive one of these calls they should immediately hang up and call their local police department.