The U.S. Marshals Service is alerting the public to an ongoing scam in the region in which people are threatened with arrest if they don’t pay a fine for failing to report for jury duty.
Culprits in the scam are claiming to be court officers, police or members of the U.S. Marshals Service, officials said.
“The U.S. Marshals Service, nor the federal courts make calls to anyone in order to arrange for payment of fines over the phone for failure to appear for jury duty,” officials said.
“In order to appear more credible, the scammers may provide information such as, badge numbers, the names of actual federal judges, and courthouse addresses. Furthermore, the scammers have been known to spoof their telephone numbers to appear on the victim’s caller ID as if they are calling from the court or government agency.”
Victims have been told they can avoid arrest by paying a fine using a reloadable credit card, and are urged to call a number and provide their own credit card number to initiate the process.
A number of victims in Greensboro were instructed to bring cash or a money order and meet the scammer outside of the L. Richardson Preyer Federal Courthouse at 324 W. Market Street.
The Marshals Service urges the public not to divulge personal or financial information to unknown callers, even if they sound legitimate. Victims are encouraged to report the incident to local law enforcement, the Marshals Service office or the local FBI office. Details:http://www.usmarshals.gov