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SCAM Alert -white background with a picture of a red square with an exclamation point in the middle and a scam warning to polk county residents

SCAM ALERT! Several Polk residents have received threatening calls that there’s a warrant for their arrest because they failed to appear for jury duty. Scammers tell residents they must pay a fine or provide personal information to avoid arrest.

Arrest warrants are not issued for failure to report for jury duty. If a resident does not appear for duty, the individual receives a notice in the mail with further instructions.

The Clerk’s office does not call residents to verify information related to jury duty, nor will any other agency. Official communications are sent by mail.

Clerk of Courts Stacy Butterfield urges residents to NEVER provide personal information to an unfamiliar source. Scrutinize every inquiry, no matter what agency it claims to come from. Hang up or delete a message immediately if there’s suspicion of fraud, and contact the organization through its official phone number to verify the previous communication.

Call the Clerk’s office directly if you have any questions, 863-534-4000. If you encounter a scam, write down as much information as you can about the call and report the details to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office at 863-298-6200.

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