WUFT News

Clay County Warns Residents About Jury Duty Phone Scam

By on February 21st, 2014

The Clay County Sheriff’s Office administered a warning to Central Florida residents Friday regarding a potential phone scam about jury duty.

The scam involves residents receiving phone calls saying they have missed jury duty and are being fined large sums of money.

Though there were no reported cases in Clay County, Mary Justino, CCSO public information officer, said there were cases in Orange County.

Most court related communications are not handled by telephone calls, but instead they are addressed by official mail, according to the Clay County Clerk of Court’s Office. Individuals should not be alarmed if they receive a call.

Justino said if a citizen is contacted by the scammers, he or she should write down as much information as possible.

“We’re looking for a phone number and the name of the caller, even if it is a fake name, everything helps,” she said. “Hang up and immediately call local law enforcement.”

Justino said phone scams happen frequently, and that they typically target the elderly.

In a past scam, after speaking with the scammer a potential victim hung up. Justino said the scammer then called back and left a voice mail.

“Using the voice identified on the voice mail, we were able to catch the scammer,” she said. “All types of information can be helpful.”

 


This entry was posted in Crime and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.
 

More Stories in Crime

Two Dead After Murder-Suicide In Ocala Early Monday Morning

Ocala residents Chad Alan Miller, 38, and Kristi J. Musick, 44, were found dead Monday morning. The Ocala Police Department have called the incident a murder-suicide.


Gainesville Police Department picked up multiple bags of synthetic drugs from locations in the city selling the illegal substances. The new ordinance will target the drugs with compounds not covered by law, as well as misleading packaging. Photo courtesy of Gainesville Police Department Records

Gainesville City Commission Passes Ordinance On Synthetic Drugs

The Gainesville City Commission passed an ordinance banning synthetic drug use, adding a section to the current Code of Ordinances that clarifies what a synthetic drug is and providing penalties for possession, production and sale. The sweeping ban on the drugs allows law enforcement to more easily enforce the prohibition.


Police-Youth Picture_Crum

Program Fosters Police-Youth Relationships

The Gainesville Police Department teamed up with the River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding to discuss the relationships between police officers and youths. The Police-Youth Dialogue Program gives police officers and youths an safe outlet to share experiences and misunderstandings.


Live Oak Police Chief Buddy Williams flips down the cover of the VIEVU camera to expose the lens. The newer cameras will be placed on the wearer’s sunglasses.

Live Oak Police To Receive Body Cameras; Suwannee County Sheriff Resists Plans

While the Live Oak Police Department is getting body cameras for its officers to wear, other agencies in the area aren’t as receptive. Privacy and cost are issues they want to look at.


Charges Against 11-Year-Old For Brother’s Death Dropped

Charges against an 11-year-old girl for the shooting death have been dropped by State Attorney Jeff Siegmeister. Her 15-year-old sister, who police say shot and killed their 16-year-old brother, could still be charged. The girls’ parents are also being investigated.


Thank you for your support

WUFT depends on the support of our community — people like you — to help us continue to provide quality programming to North Central Florida.
Become a Sustainer
I want to support FM 89.1/NPR
I want to support Florida's 5/PBS
Donate a Vehicle
Underwriting Payments