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.”