If you get a phone call and the person on the other end claims to be a court official and says you are under arrest for missing jury duty, hang up.
A jury duty scam that has been around since 2006 has resurfaced recently in Florida and around the country, said Darcy Foster, director of strategic initiatives for the Pasco County Clerk's Office.
"We've had a couple of jurors mention it," she said, adding that there have been no reports locally of anyone falling victim to the scam.
Here's how it works:
The caller states that they are with the office of the court and threatens to have a warrant out for the person's arrest if the person does not report for jury duty. Typically, the person receiving the call responds by stating they have not received a notice or summons. The caller states that in order to receive notice, he or she needs the following information: birth date, Social Security number, or a credit or bank card number.
The clerk's office warns not to give out any personal information. In fact, most contact with jurors is through the mail.
"If necessary to discuss anything over the telephone, requests would not include Social Security numbers, credit card numbers, or any other sensitive information," according to a statement issued by the clerk's office. "Never provide your personal information to an unsolicited phone caller."
Should you have any questions regarding jury duty notices or summons, call the Office of Paula S. O'Neil, Pasco County Clerk and Comptroller, toll-free at 1-800-368-2411, ext. 2200.
Fraud may be reported to your local law enforcement agency or to the Federal Trade Commission at FTC.Gov or toll-free 1-877-382-4357.