The Jury Duty Scam has popped-up again in Polk County, so we want to make sure everyone is aware of it.
The scam goes something like this: Someone will call, text, or email you to inform you that you have missed jury duty, and now you are in danger of being arrested. The scammers will identify themselves (sometimes using the name of a real law enforcement officer, judge, or court-worker) and tell you that you can avoid arrest by paying a fine. Some even go as far as providing a phone number. When you call the number, it is answered by a recording that may say something like, "You've reached the Polk County Sheriff's Office..."
If a scammer contacts you, don't engage with them, and certainly don't give them any money or any kind of personal information if they ask for it.
Let's say they sound very convincing, and you believe they may be telling the truth. Contact the Polk County Sheriff's Office at 863-298-6200 to speak with a deputy about it either in person or by phone.
Please share this information with your friends and relatives, especially those who are elderly, since that's who most often gets targeted by these scammers.