Thursday, October 29, 2020
Florida Supreme Court Warns Residents Of Email, Phone Scams

Florida Supreme Court Warns Residents Of Email, Phone Scams

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Supreme Court is warning of widespread phone and email scams seeking to trick people into paying money.

A news release sent Friday said the scams appear to heavily target those with limited English-language skills, the elderly, health-care workers and relatives of people who recently died.

Photo: AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato

Court officials advise that state courts in Florida do not make initial contact by email or phone to ask people to appear before a judge or to pay money. For these things, people are either told in person or through delivery by regular-delivery mail.

One scam emails health care workers about a “Health Care Service Violation.” A separate phone scam targets Spanish speakers in South Florida. A third involves heirs of an estate who must pay an upfront “tax” to receive payment.

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News Talk Florida Staff