Phone scam appearing to come from Lee County Clerk of Court’s office threatens lawsuit

The scammers leave a case number and claim to have legal documents that…

Phone scam appearing to come from Lee County Clerk of Court’s office threatens lawsuit
Phone scam appearing to come from Lee County Clerk of Court's office threatens lawsuit 1

Michael Braun
 
| Fort Myers News-Press

The Lee County Clerk of Court’s office issued a warning Tuesday about a phone scam threatening victims of an impending lawsuit against them.

Lee County Clerk Linda Doggett said the calls appear to come from the Clerk’s office number 239-533-5000, but the numbers are spoofed.

The scammers leave a case number and claim to have legal documents that require signatures. If the calls are not answered, the scammers leave a voicemail instructing the victims to call 877-202-3619, where they may fall victim to fraud or theft.

“You will never receive an unsolicited call about court services from the Clerk of Courts,” Doggett said. “If you are targeted for a scam, do not provide any personal or financial information.”

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The Clerk’s office only returns customer calls that are initiated using the new call-back feature. If you ever doubt who you are speaking with over the phone, disconnect and call the Clerk’s office at 239-533-5000 to speak with a customer service representative.

Anybody who receives a call appearing to come from the Clerk’s office about a lawsuit should report the scam to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office Fraud Unit. 

For more information about the Clerk’s office and other Scam Alerts visit LeeClerk.org.

Connect with breaking news reporter Michael Braun: MichaelBraunNP (Facebook)@MichaelBraunNP (Twitter) or mbraun@news-press.com.

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