ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla., February 6, 2024 — The St. Johns County Clerk of the Circuit Court and County Comptroller’s Office is warning residents about fraudulent phone calls from scammers claiming to be representatives of the clerk’s office or law enforcement.
“Clerk staff will never phone a resident to request payment for failure to appear,” St. Johns County Clerk and Comptroller, Brandon J. Patty said. “If you receive one of these calls, please provide no information to the caller, end the call immediately, and report the incident to law enforcement. As always, please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about jury duty or the services we provide.”
In this event, the scammer claims that the individual has missed jury duty and must make immediate payment to avoid arrest. The scammer indicates a warrant has been issued for the resident’s arrest and demands payment for failure to appear for jury duty.
Failure to appear for jury duty requires attendance in court prior to any penalties being imposed, which would be ordered by a judge. When residents don’t respond to a summons for jury duty, they are contacted by an official letter from the St. Johns County Clerk of the Circuit Court sent through the U.S. Postal Service.
If you would like to confirm jury service, please do not hesitate to contact our Jury Coordinator at (904) 819-3631. We advise residents to also contact the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office if they think they have been a victim of a jury duty scam.