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Deputies: Beware of jury duty scam targeting college students

Man posing as deputy, bail bondsman demanding money, deputies say

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St. Johns County deputies are warning residents of the return of a jury duty scam.

Deputies said they are hearing reports of a man claiming to be either a bail bondsman or a deputy for the Sheriff’s Office calling from a local number, saying that he has a warrant for missed jury duty and demanding money for the bond. 

Deputies said the man is targeting students attending an area college and is making the rounds through the dorms.

The Sheriff's Office and the Clerk of the Court do not call and threaten with arrest if a person misses a jury summons, deputies said. 

The Clerk of the Court also does not require a person to pay fines via money cards, iTunes cards or other gift cards.

“These guys can spoof their numbers and change their names at will, so be aware of anything that sounds suspicious,” deputies said in a Facebook post. “Always question people who call you asking for money, and don't hesitate to call the Sheriff's Office if you feel that something just doesn't sound right.”

Deputies are asking residents to spread the word about the scammer, so their neighbors, relatives and friends don't fall victim.