August 21, 2014 CONTACT: Barry Baker
Heightened alert about recent Clerk e-mail scams
August 21, 2014 - The Florida Court Clerks & Comptrollers wishes to make all Florida residents aware of the most recent spike in fraudulent emails by entities impersonating Clerks' offices across the state.
This newest round of scams comes in the form of an e-mail referencing a missed court appearance.
Unlike past scams, these e-mails attempt to retrieve personal data, forcefully, by computer virus attached as a .zip file These malicious attachments contain a "Trojan Horse" virus that becomes active as soon as the file is unzipped.
Recent examples of these scans have been signed by fictitious county clerks.
The Florida Court Clerks & Comptrollers would like to remind residents that court-related communications are sent through normal mail. Jury summons and failure to appear notices are never sent via phone or e-mail.
Important tips to remember:
- The Suwannee County Clerk of the Circuit Court's office does not call or e-mail residents to request payment for missing jury duty. The office will also never request payment via any sort of prepaid debit card.
- The Suwannee County Clerk of the Circuit Court's office does not call or e-mail residents to verify information related to jury duty or to notify them that they missed jury duty. Communications are only sent by mail.
- If a resident misses jury duty, the individual received a failure to appear notice in the mail from the judge representing their Circuit Court.
- Arrest warrants are not usually issued for failure to report for jury duty. Please contact the Suwannee County Clerk of the Circuit Court's office if you receive one.
- Do not open an e-mail attachment from any unfamiliar source, and never provide personal information to an unfamiliar source, either by phone or e-mail.