Attorney General Ashley Moody News Release


January 25, 2022
Contact: Kylie Mason
Phone: (850) 245-0150

VIDEO CONSUMER ALERT: Jury Duty Scams Emerge Across Florida

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Ashley Moody is warning Floridians of a recent surge in jury duty scams across the state. According to reports, at least five counties have warned of jury duty scams in the past year—including two warnings already in 2022. The scam involves an imposter contacting a Florida resident and claiming the resident missed jury duty and must pay a fine. The imposter then claims if the fine isn’t paid immediately, the citizen may be arrested or forced to pay late fees.

Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “There are few civic duties as important to our judicial system as serving on a jury. As a former judge, I am livid that anyone would exploit this process to scare citizens into paying a ransom or attempt to steal personal and financial information. Please know that failure to appear for jury duty is not grounds for immediate arrest.”

Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles Canady said, “I am especially troubled when people with bad intentions base their scams on what appears to be court business. Our courts depend on jury service and we rely on Floridians who are essential to this process. Protect yourselves from scammers and protect our system of justice by taking part in jury service.”

Reports of jury duty scams have surfaced in at least five Florida counties in the past year, including: Citrus County, Collier County, Lake County, Polk County and St. Johns County.

To guard against jury duty scams, follow these tips:

Report suspected jury duty scams to the local County Clerk’s office using the Florida Clerks website and to local law enforcement. Anyone who encounters a jury duty scam, or any other type of fraud, can also file a complaint with the Florida Attorney General’s Office online at MyFloridaLegal.com or by calling 1(866) 9NO-SCAM.

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The Florida Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division issues Consumer Alerts to inform Floridians of emerging scams, new methods used to commit fraud, increased reports of common scams, or any other deceptive practice. Consumer Alerts are designed to notify Floridians about scams and available refunds in an effort to prevent financial losses or other harm caused by deceptive practices. Anyone encountering a scam should report the incident to the Florida Attorney General's Office by calling 1(866) 9NO-SCAM or visiting MyFloridaLegal.com.