So-called jury scam surfacing in Collier County
Phony text messages going out in Collier County about jury dutyPhoto: Video by fox4now.com
COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- A prank has gone too far in Collier County. Officials with the Clerk of Circuit Court's office said a Collier County resident was sent an alarming text message last week.
"It told them that their name had been published in the newspaper for not showing up for jury duty." Bob St. Cyr, Director, Community Outreach for the Collier County Clerk of the Circuit Court said.
"1ST of all we don't send out text messages and secondly we do not ever provide lists of jurors to a newspaper to be published." St. Cyr said.
The message lists a long distance number to call for more information. When FOX4 gave it a try, an urgent recording came on claiming to be from the National Justice Center. It explained the caller had failed to appear for jury duty and now faced a class 3 misdemeanor. Then came three options, pay a $500 fine, spend 30 days in prison, or pay it forward. Pass the number on to your most gullible friends, it was all a hoax. The prank has spread like wildfire.