Beware of New Jury Duty Scam

If you are one of those people who dreads jury duty you are certainly not alone, but you could be the perfect target for a new scam. It's a scam that could be an identity thief's perfect crime.

Jury duty; some snicker, others do their best to get out of it, and in Leon County, records show six out of 10 don't show up at all.

That's perfect fodder for a new scam which has already surfaced in nine states. It starts with a nerve wracking phone call.

Bob Breeden, FDLE Special Agent Supervisor, says, "The bad guy calls you and reports that they're with the court’s office and you have missed a subpoena for jury duty and that a bench warrant has been issued for your arrest, but they might be able to fix this problem and clear everything up; let them just get some personal information from you and see what they can do."

The folks in Leon County's Court Services Division churn out more than 1,000 jury summons a month, but the director says citizens here would not get a call like that if they failed to show.

Shannon Cash-Russell, Supervisor of Leon County Jury Management, was asked, "What happens if you miss jury duty here? Does someone call you and say, 'hey, you're going to be arrested?’"

"No. We do not make any phone calls to the jurors unless we are returning phone calls or inquiries from them," she says.

The supervisor says her office hasn't office hasn't received any complaints about the jury duty scam around here yet and she's hoping this heads-up will keep it that way.

FDLE Special Agent Supervisor Bob Breeden says the scam just surfaced last month. So far no one in Florida has reported becoming a victim, but he says they just may not know it yet.