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Have you received a call from someone who claims to be a Clerk and Comptroller's office employee? Our office periodically issues alerts when we have been made aware of schemes where people impersonate Clerk and Comptroller employees in order to get others to send money or disclose personal information, such as their Social Security number or bank account numbers.

Clerk and Comptroller employees do not initiate phone calls requesting payment by phone, and do not request personal financial information.

Protecting yourself against telephone based scams is simple. Just hang up. Unless you have initiated the call, never give out your personal information over the telephone.

If you receive a call and are unsure about it, write down as much information as you can, then call the Clerk and Comptroller's Office at (941) 861-7696 to determine whether the caller's claims are legitimate.

If you think you may have been the victim of a scam, you should contact your local law enforcement agency or the Florida Division of Consumer Services at (800) HELP-FLA (Florida Residents) or (850) 410-3800 from outside of Florida.

Current Fraud Alerts

Jury Duty Scam Reported in Sarasota County

Post Date:08/27/2019

Sarasota County Clerk and Comptroller Communication Message

SARASOTA, FL -- The Clerk of the Circuit Court and County Comptroller warns the community of the resurgence of the jury duty phone scam: Citizens are being called and informed that there is a warrant out for their arrest due to missing jury duty. The caller presents themselves as an official from law enforcement, and requests that either a green dot reloadable card or cash be provided to avoid arrest and incarceration.

There is no such process at the Sarasota County Clerk of Court or Jury Office. Clerk of Court and law enforcement employees do not initiate phone calls for missed jury duty, do not demand payment by phone, and do not request personal financial information. Court-related communications are sent through normal mail.

Important tips to remember:

  • We will not contact you by phone regarding failure to appear for jury duty.
  • We will not phone or e-mail you to request cash payment, and do not request payment via prepaid debit or green dot card.
  • If a caller threatens you, hang up.
  • Do not give out your personal information over the phone.
  • Call the Clerk of the Circuit Court and County Comptroller's Office at (941) 861-8000 to determine whether the caller's claims regarding jury duty are legitimate.

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