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CLERK BOCK WARNS OF SCAM TARGETING POTENTIAL JURORS

Caller Attempts to Solicit Personal Information in Possible ID Theft Scheme

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (February 9, 2011) – Clerk & Comptroller Sharon R. Bock is warning Palm Beach County residents to beware of scammers attempting to solicit personal information from potential jurors.  In the scam, a caller falsely identifies herself as a clerk employee and says the individual has missed jury duty.  The caller asks for personal information, such as a Social Security number, to verify if the individual is eligible for a non-existent new jury program.
 
“It is critical that our citizens understand that they will never receive an unsolicited call from the Clerk’s Jury Office about jury duty, nor will anyone ask for a juror’s Social Security number,” warned Clerk Bock.
 
So far, there have been just two instances of this scam reported to the Clerk’s office in Palm Beach County, but the fraudulent calls are similar to ones reported by this office in 2007.  Previous scams included fraudulent callers attempting to collect fines for missing jury duty and callers requesting personal information after falsely claiming an arrest warrant had been issued for missing jury duty.
 
None of those calls were legitimate, as the Clerk’s office does not issue warrants or solicit fines by phone for missing jury duty.
 
“As Clerk & Comptroller, it is my duty to not only protect public funds and records, but to also protect unsuspecting citizens from unscrupulous individuals,” said Bock. “I urge everyone to heed this warning and avoid becoming the next victim.”
 
In the recent instances, one of the victims supplied personal information, including her Social Security number, to the caller. The other did not. Neither one had missed jury duty. 
 
Victims of such a scam should contact their local law enforcement agency. For more information and answers to questions about jury service in Palm Beach County, visit the Jury section of the Clerk’s Web site at www.mypalmbeachclerk.com or call (561) 355-2930.

Updated February 10, 2011

The Florida Constitution established the independent office of the Clerk & Comptroller as a public trustee, responsible for safeguarding public records and public funds. Clerk Sharon Bock is directly elected by and accountable to Palm Beach County residents.  In addition to the roles of Clerk of the Circuit Court, County Recorder and Clerk of the Board of County Commissioners, the Clerk & Comptroller is the Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Auditor for Palm Beach County.

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