Phone scammers threatening fake fines for missed Sumter County jury duty

BY ADRIENNE SARVIS
adrienne@theitem.com
Posted 2/20/18

Sumter County officials are warning residents of a phone scam demanding information and threatening a fine for missing jury duty.

Sumter County Clerk of Court Jamie Campbell and Sumter County Sheriff Anthony Dennis said numerous residents have …

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Phone scammers threatening fake fines for missed Sumter County jury duty

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Sumter County officials are warning residents of a phone scam demanding information and threatening a fine for missing jury duty.

Sumter County Clerk of Court Jamie Campbell and Sumter County Sheriff Anthony Dennis said numerous residents have received recorded phone calls from "Sumter County Court Services Division" asking for a name and contact number. The message also threatens to fine residents for missing jury duty.

The current scam number is (803) 720-2807, but it could change.

"No such organization exists," Campbell said in a social media post Friday. "If you are selected for jury duty, notifications are always done by mail."

"Sumter County residents should remember that, especially this time of year, there are many types of telephone scams taking place," Dennis said. "Don't give out any personal information over the telephone. Never give out your credit or debit card numbers."

If you have someone telling you to pay him or her with iTunes cards, hang up, he said.

Residents can call the Clerk of Court's Office at (803) 436-2227 to check if a call for jury duty is legitimate.