The Lee County Sheriff's Office has received reports of unscrupulous individuals posing as representatives from the U.S. District Court attempting to obtain personal information and cash from residents in a scam known as the "Jury Duty" scam.
Here is how the scheme works:
Your phone rings and the con-artist claims to be a court official and states you did not respond to a jury summons, which has now resulted in a warrant for your arrest. When you advise you never received a summons to appear in court, he quickly says he will "cancel the warrant" once you verify your personal information and agree to pay a small fine.
At this point, the caller will give instructions on how to "wire transfer" your payment, while calmly asking for sensitive information such as your social security number, date of birth, address and bank account numbers.
If you receive such a call, do not give out any information and immediately hang up the phone.
You can contact the LCSO Fraud Line at (239) 477-1242 to report the incident.