Scammers target JEA customers

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A phishing scam targeting JEA customers on the First Coast is on the rise this week.

According to JEA, scammers are calling people to say their service will be disconnected unless they purchase a Moneypak card. 

The phone caller then asks for the number for the card. 

There has been an increase in the last week in the scam calls, according to JEA. 

In an email to First Coast News a JEA spokesperson wrote:

JEA will notify customers should their service be at risk for disconnect for non pay via their bill, letter and automated call. JEA will take payments via website, phone, at the main office, tax collector office, Winn-Dixie or any of the JEA-approved stores found on jea.com.


Anyone who receives a call is asked to report the incident to JEA. 

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Drop box thefts leave renters worried about eviction

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is investigating a string of drop box thefts in rental communities, more than 30 cases, and is now warning landlords and tenants to stop using their drop boxes.

The advice comes too late for Derrall Wilcox. She lives in Casa Del Rio apartment community.

"In August, I paid my rent using the drop box so it wouldn't be late," said Wilcox.

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Wilcox said she's never been late and wanted to avoid the $65 fee, but now she has a bigger problem. The two money orders used to pay her August rent were stolen from the apartment drop box.

"This is not my responsibility. I did what I was supposed to do," she said.

JAX airport bomb hoax suspect indicted

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jacksonville International Airport bomb hoax suspect Zeljko Causevic has been indicted on a federal charge of conveying false or misleading information.

The indictment was announced by the office of Acting U.S. Attorney A. Lee Bentley III in a news release on Tuesday.

Causevic, 39, was booked into the Duval County Jail at 1:30 a.m.
October 2
following an arrest by the JAX Airport Police. Authorities say
Causevic was arrested at JAX Airport after he allegedly told security
screeners he had a bomb in his backpack but they only found an
electronic scale and batteries.

The threat caused the airport to be shut down for hours on the evening of October 1.

Nonprofit's mission is 'Enroll America' in Obamacare

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Affordable Health Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare is the law. If you're now uninsured, you must have health insurance by 2014. That said, the program's deadlines, the various plans and who is eligible have left many confused.

"There is a lot of people who don't understand what their options are," said Tony Penna.

Penna, a former insurance executive is with Enroll America, a privately funded nonprofit that is trying to spread the word about the Affordable Care Act.

"The biggest challenge is how many people in Duval, Clay Nassau and St. Johns who don't have insurance," said Penna, "There about 300,000 people."

Enroll America staffers are now knocking on doors, making calls to spread the word out.

"About 39 percent of the people in Florida who are eligible for insurance think that the law has been repealed," he said, "It has not been repealed."

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Did Obamacare fail woman with pre-existing condition?

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Helen Ferguson, 66, has a lot of questions about the Affordable Care Act.

"I'm sorry but it bothers me," said Ferguson.

Ferguson has a pre-existing health condition; she's a heart patient and she's a dialysis patient.

While Medicare covers about 80 percent of her health care needs, her case worker told her she is the perfect candidate for supplemental health insurance policy under Obamacare.

Open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act began this month and one of its position statements is that no one will be denied coverage for a pre-existing condition.

"I called the number she gave me and was surprised," said Ferguson. 

The number took her to Florida Blue and Ferguson said when she tried to apply for coverage, supplemental plan F, she was told she does not qualify and why.

Driver's license renewal foiled by adoption paperwork

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Michelle Dalton would love to drive her Volvo to the store and back, but she doesn't have a new driver's license.

"I take medication, I can't go pick it up myself," said Dalton. "I have to have somebody go with me because I don't have a driver's license."

She doesn't have a Florida driver's license because the state told her she doesn't have the proper documents for renewal, she claims she does. 

"This (adoption certificate) was the one I used originally in 1982 to get my Florida's driver's license," said Dalton.

Dalton said the same Georgia adoption certificate she used in 1982 and again in 2005 is not good enough in 2013 according to the DMV.

"They will not accept my adoption certificate from 1973 because they say it doesn't have a seal on it," she said.

JAA: Passengers may not notice security increase at JAX

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Passengers at Jacksonville International Airport said they didn't notice a big increase in the number of police officers on Wednesday. David Olsen was flying home to Dallas and said he was surprised.

"To tell you the truth, yeah, I expected more police," he said.

The discovery of two suspicious packages shut the airport down for several hours Tuesday night. Zeljko Causevic, 39, was booked into the Duval County Jail at 1:30
a.m. Wednesday following an arrest by the JAX Airport Police.
Authorities say Causevic was arrested at JAX Airport after he allegedly
told security screeners he had a bomb in his backpack but they only
found an electronic scale and batteries.