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Lee County Sheriff's Office warns of jury duty scam

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Lee County Sheriff's Office warns of jury duty scam

By FOX 4 Staff. CREATED May 28, 2014

FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Lee County Sheriff's Office is warning the public about a "jury duty" scam.

A resident was contacted this week by a scammer claiming to be from the Sheriff's Office.  The caller identified himself as Lt. John Martin and told the victim had been issued for her arrest because she failed to respond to a grand jury summons.

The caller told the victim she could avoid being arrested if she paid a $3,996 fine; and instructed her to go to CVS, purchase a Green Dot Money Pack card – also known as a re-loadable debit card – and provide him with the serial number located on the back of the card. When the victim told the scammer she did not believe him, he passed the phone to his “Captain”.

Fortunately, the victim did not respond to the threats and the Lee County Sheriff's Office wants to remind residents that it would never contact you over the phone asking for money or threatening arrest for failure to respond to a jury summons.

The Sheriff’s Office does not have an employee by the name of Lt. Martin. Anyone who receives such a call is advised to simply hang up. You can report this incident to the Lee County Sheriff's Office Fraud Line at 258-3292.