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Beware of Grand Jury Duty scam

Posted at 3:41 PM, May 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-24 15:41:11-04

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.-  The phone rings and someone on the other end says you missed a grand jury duty and now you have to pay up. Don't believe it; it's a scam. 

The Collier County Sheriff's Office is aware that some residents have received suspicious telephone calls from someone claiming to be "Lt. Graham" from CCSO and advising them they missed grand jury duty at the Collier County courthouse. 

In at lease one of the calls, the caller asked the person to mail thousands of dollars in fines. 

CCSO encourages residents to report this type of activity immediately. 

Deputies would also like to remind residents that members of the Collier County Sheriff's Office will never contact you by telephone about missing jury duty. Deputies will never threaten you with fines or arrest for missing jury duty. 

For assistance with any suspicious encounter involving a request for money or personal information, contact the Collier County Sheriff's Office's Call Before You "Pay" hotline  - (239) 252- CALL (2255). The hotline is staffed by a CCSO deputy in the Financial Crimes Bureau between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.