The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is warning about the reoccurrence of the Jury Duty Scam. The scammers will call an individual identifying himself or herself as an officer of the court and inform the individual that there is an arrest warrant issued for failure to appear for jury duty. In some scams, they ask for verification information, including date of birth, social security numbers and credit card numbers to pay the fine. In other instances, the scammers ask for prepaid cards such as Green Dot cards.
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services states that court workers never request payments from jurors over the telephone, nor do they ask for personal information, such as Social Security or credit card numbers. If a consumer is unable to fulfill jury duty, they are typically asked to provide an explanation or directed to appear in court.
If you feel that you have been a victim of such activity or even an attempt, please contact the Sheriff’s Office with any additional information at (850) 973-4001 or the Madison Police Department at (850) 973-5077.