Sarasota County officials have issued a scam alert, warning residents about fake jury duty calls. Scammers posing as deputies or court clerks threaten arrest, demanding payment to avoid it. The court emphasizes not paying with gift cards or cryptocurrency. Sergeant Jason Friday advises vigilance against red flags and urges verification by directly contacting the relevant agency. Tips include ignoring jury duty calls without received summons, not giving financial information over the phone, and being cautious of urgent demands. The Clerk and Comptroller’s office will not seek payment via phone. Verify court-related calls by contacting the Jury Office at 941-860-8000. Report fraud suspicions to 311.