Another Jury Duty scam is victimizing citizens. The scammer claims to be from the Sheriff's Office and tells the citizen they will need to pay a penalty for missing Jury Service or get arrested. Don’t fall for it! Remember, all potential jurors for Citrus County (and throughout the State of Florida) are contacted by U.S. mail. If you receive a call claiming that you have failed to report for Jury Service, hang up immediately.
A caller is contacting citizens by phone claiming to be Detective Brian Spiddle with the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office. If they are unable to get a hold of you at the time of the initial call, they will ask you to call the number back or you will be arrested. When you call this number back, an automated system will answer claiming that it is the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office. You will select from several options, at which time you will be directed to Detective Brian Spiddle.
The scammer then tells the resident/victim that he or she has an active warrant for Failure to Appear due to missing jury duty. The suspects then direct the resident to stay on the phone and they will escort them through the entire process of paying a fine to avoid being arrested. They want the resident to stay on the phone and drive to the nearest Winn Dixie, Sam's Club, or Dollar General to buy a Google Pay card with $3000.00 loaded on it to post bond. During this conversation, they inform you that you will take these cards to the Citrus County Sheriff’s Department to enter the card numbers into a kiosk, at which time your arrest warrant will be cancelled.
Please be aware of the scam and do not fall victim to it. We want to emphasize that the Sheriff's Office will NEVER ask you for money over the phone.
If you have been a victim of this crime or have any information on this scam, please call the Citrus County Sheriff's Office at 352-726-1121