Clerk of Court Angela Vick is urging citizens to be aware of jury duty scams. Scammers typically impersonate clerk employees, law enforcement or other government officials and threaten that if money is not paid the individual will be arrested. THIS IS A SCAM.
To guard against jury duty scams, follow these tips:
- Jury duty summons will come by mail, not by phone or email.
- If no jury duty summons is received, then ignore a phone call from anyone claiming to be calling about jury duty.
- Never give personal or financial information over the phone to a stranger, especially if the caller acts aggressively.
- Anyone asking for payments to be made through a gift card is a scammer. Scammers are contacting Florida residents claiming they missed jury duty and requesting residents to pay a fine by purchasing a gift card to Clerks’ offices.
- Be wary of Caller ID, as this can be spoofed, making a phone call look like it is coming from a real source.
- Arrest warrants are not issued for failure to report for jury duty. However, if you do fail to report, you may receive a summons/subpoena to appear before a judge and show cause for your absence.
- Do not provide callers or respond to unfamiliar emails with any personal information.
Report suspected jury duty scams to our office using the by calling 352-341-6405. Anyone who encounters a jury duty scam, or any other type of fraud, can also file a complaint with the Florida Attorney General’s Office online at MyFloridaLegal.com or by calling 1(866) 9NO-SCAM.