The US District Court is warning consumers about scams reported in South Florida in which predators are contacting individuals via telephone and demanding they pay fines of $400.00 for missing jury duty, and that the individuals provide the predator personal information.
The Court never requests payments from jurors over the telephone, nor does it ask for personal information, such as Social Security or credit card numbers. If you miss jury duty, you are asked to provide an explanation or directed to appear in court. You will receive these requests via mail.
If you are contacted by someone requesting payments, DO NOT MAKE THE PAYMENT, and immediately contact the clerk’s office at your nearest district court.
A similar jury scam is currently being perpetrated in the Western District of New York where victims are being sent a fictitious arrest warrant on a criminal charge and offering a chance to avoid arrest through the payment of a specific amount. If you receive an arrest warrant for failing to appear for jury duty, DO NOT PAY ANYTHING and contact your local district court clerk.
If you believe you may have been a victim of such a scam, contact the Gainesville elder law attorneys at The Miller Elder Law Firm today.
This consumer alert was provided by The Sketchley Law Firm.