FORT MYERS, Fla. — Lee County Clerk Linda Doggett is warning residents about a phone scam threatening victims of an impending lawsuit against them. The calls appear to come from the Clerk’s office number 239-533-5000, but the numbers are spoofed.
The scammers leave a case number and claim to have legal documents that require a signature. If the calls are not answered, the scammers leave a voicemail instructing the victims to call 877-202-3619, where they may fall victim to fraud or theft.
“You will never receive an unsolicited call about court services from the Clerk of Courts,” Doggett said. “If you are targeted for a scam, do not provide any personal or financial information either.”
The Clerk’s office only returns customer calls that are initiated using the new call-back feature. If you ever doubt who you are speaking with over the phone, disconnect and call the Clerk’s office at 239-533-5000 to speak with a customer service representative.
Anybody who receives a call appearing to come from the Clerk’s office about a lawsuit should report the scam to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office Fraud Unit.