DARLINGTON COUNTY, S.C. – Multiple Darlington County residents have reported receiving an e-mail containing a grand jury summons and additional documents stating they have failed to appear for jury duty in United States District Court in Darlington. The e-mail informs the individual they must pay a fine. Some individuals receiving the e-mail report they have also received telephone calls from a man claiming to be a deputy. All of these communications are scams.
A Darlington County Deputy will never contact you about you failing to show for jury duty or instructing you to pay a fine. Also, there is no United States District Court in Darlington County. The documentation also includes the name of the Darlington County Clerk of Court.
According to the Darlington County Clerk of Court Scott Suggs, if you ever miss jury in Darlington County General Sessions Court and do not respond to letters sent via U.S. mail, you will receive a telephone call from him personally.
If anyone claiming to be from the Clerk of Court’s Office or Sheriff’s Office calls or e-mails you instructing you to pay a fine to avoid jail due to missing jury duty, ignore it. You can call the Clerk of Court’s Office at (843)398-4330 or the Sheriff’s Office at (843)398-4501.
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