Memphis, TN - The U.S. Marshals are warning the public of an ongoing jury duty telephone scam.
It begins when the scammer, posing as a U.S. Marshal or other law enforcement officer, calls a victim to advise that he or she has missed federal jury duty but can avoid arrest by paying a fine immediately.
The scammer provides information like titles and badge numbers of legitimate law enforcement officers or court officials, names of federal judges and courtroom addresses in an attempt to make the scam credible. Scammers can even spoof their phone numbers to appear on caller ID as if they are from the court or a government agency.
The public is advised that this is a scam, and if a person receives a jury duty-related call, they should not provide any personal identification information or money to the caller. Federal courts do not call prospective jurors and ask for money or personal identifying information over the telephone.
Anyone receiving a “Jury Duty Scam” phone call should report it, with any available caller ID information, to the Marshals Service at (901) 544-3304.