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Don’t become a victim of the Gift Card/MoneyPak scam!

July 1, 2019
Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

Don't become a victim of the Gift Card/MoneyPak scam!

The Lee Clerk's Office has received $2,000 of used gift cards with receipts and no other information. The person who sent this is now a victim of a scam!

How does the scam work? In this typical scenario someone calls or emails you claiming to be a representative of the Clerk of Court Office and says you're overdue on a payment, or there is a fine due because you missed jury duty. They might threaten to arrest you unless you pay using a gift card/moneypak. The scammer then gives you a phone number to call or an email address, and once you buy the MoneyPak, they ask you to scratch off the serial number on the back, share it with them and then send the receipts with the scratched-off gift cards to the Clerk of Court's Office.

You should always be suspicious if someone you do not know personally asks you for a MoneyPak number. No legitimate company or government agency will ever ask you for a MoneyPak number.

Please remember that the Clerk's office will never contact you by phone or email to ask you to send money or provide your personal information.

To become an even more effective scam spotter, familiarize yourself with the list of common scams on our Scam Alert page on our website www.leeclerk.org and call the Lee County Sheriff's Office (LCSO) if you are a victim of a scam at 239-258-3292.

ABOUT THE CLERK'S OFFICE:

The Florida Constitution established the Clerk of the Circuit Court as a public trustee, responsible for safeguarding public records and public funds. Clerk Linda Doggett is directly elected by and accountable to Lee County residents. In addition to the role of Clerk of the Circuit Court, the Clerk is the County Recorder and Clerk of the Board of County Commissioners, and the Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Auditor for Lee County.

 
 

 

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