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Jury duty scams are on the rise across the state

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Scam AlertFrom Tallahassee to Miami, state officials are warning about the latest wave of jury duty scams.

Eleventh Circuit Chief Judge Nushin Sayfie and Miami-Dade Clerk Ad Interim Luis Montaldo joined Mayor Daniella Levine Cava in a jury pool room on Thursday to issue an alert.

Scam callers are threatening would-be victims with jail if they don’t pay a fine for missing jury duty.

“If you get a call about a jury summons, it is a scam,” warns the 11th Circuit website. “Remember that summonses are never delivered via phone or email, only U.S. Postal mail.”

Court clerks “will not harass or threaten you via any form of communication concerning jury duty,” Montaldo assures in a statement. “We will never threaten to impose financial penalties.”

The Miami-Dade Clerk of Courts invites any constituent to call  768-828-5879 to “address any of your concerns pertaining to jury duty or any mail you have received.”

In a recent video, Attorney General Ashley Moody noted that the scams were reported in five Florida counties in the past year, including two in January.

Moody calls the ploy “disgraceful.”

“There are few civic duties as important to our judicial system as serving on a jury,” Moody says. “And as a former judge, I’m livid that anyone would exploit this honorable process to scare citizens into paying a ransom.”

Multiple clerks of court have reported jury duty scams over the last year. Counties that experienced them include Brevard, Citrus, Clay, Manatee, and Sarasota.

 

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