Osceola County Sheriff's Office warns public about jury phone scam

Fake warrant for missing jury duty, pre-paid money cards

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OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. - The Osceola County Sheriff's Office is warning citizens about a jury phone scam.

People receive a phone call from someone who identifies himself as a lieutenant with the Osceola County Sheriff's Office, deputies said. He then tells the person that there has been a warrant issued to him or her for missing jury duty.

The imposter then makes arrangements for the victim to provide payment by purchasing a prepaid money card.

This scam has been successful twice, and in both cases the individuals purchased the prepaid money cards and provided the numbers to the suspect.

Here is some basic information if you receive a call:

  • Never give out personal information when you receive an unsolicited phone call.
  • If the caller asks you for money, do not make arrangements to provide payment.
  • The Ninth Judicial Circuit Court, which oversees jury duty services, advises the public to contact the Osceola County Jury Services at 407-742-2421.
  • The Osceola County Sheriff's Office does not contact individuals regarding jury duty.

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