Jury Duty Scam Reported in Sarasota County
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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