United States Marshals warn of ongoing jury duty phone scam in Alabama

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The U.S. Marshals Service is warning the public of an ongoing jury duty telephone scam.

On Monday, the U.S. Marshals Service for the Middle District of Alabama issued the warning of the ongoing scam in which the scammer reportedly calls posing as a U.S. Marshal or other law enforcement officer, and advises the victim they have missed federal jury duty but can avoid arrest by paying a fine immediately.

In an attempt to make the scam appear credible, the scammer will go as far as providing the victim with information, titles and badge numbers of legitimate law enforcement officers or court officials, names of federal judges, and courtroom addresses. In addition, scammers are even spoofing their phone numbers to appear on caller ID as if they are from the court or a government agency and will leave voicemails and have set up fake voicemail prompts and inboxes to further convince the victims of their legitimacy.

The U.S. Marshals have received several calls inquiring about this scam over the past few days and are advising the public that if they receive 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 who receives a “Jury Duty Scam” phone call should report it, with any available caller ID information, to their local United States Marshals Service office, or the local FBI office.
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