Jury Duty SCAM Alert

Tavares FL –

The Lake County Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller’s Office is warning residents of fraudulent calls being made that claim payment must be made to avoid being arrested for missed jury duty.

The callers may be identifying themselves as a representative of the Sheriff’s Office or other law enforcement agency, or as an employee of the Clerk’s Office.

“People who are trying to steal money are becoming much more vigilant in their endeavors, and are starting to pressure unsuspecting residents by creating a false sense of urgency, and by saying they represent local government agencies,” said Denise Bell, Chief Deputy Clerk with the Lake County Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller. “Our office would never reach out by phone if you missed jury duty, and certainly would not demand any form of payment be made immediately.”

If a resident does not report to jury duty, they will be contacted by an official letter from the Lake County Clerk’s Office.

If a call is received that demands a payment be made for missed jury duty, it is advised that you end the call immediately, and report the incident to the Florida Office of the Attorney General at 866-9NO-SCAM (866-966-7226). If you have questions related to a jury summons or jury duty in Lake County, call the Clerk’s Office at 352-742-4160.