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For Immediate Release

July 25, 2016 Joseph Palmer, Deputy U.S. Marshal
Northern District of California (415) 730-5243;
jUSMS Office of Public Affairs (202) 307-9065
U.S. Marshals Warn of Scam Affecting the Public
Imposter Posing as U.S. Marshal Soliciting Fines in California
San Francisco, CA - The United States Marshals Service in the Northern District of California is warning the public of a scam involving an individual or a group of individuals posing as a Deputy U.S. Marshal, and attempting to solicit “fines” from members of the public.

The scammers, reportedly using the name John Wayward, have been contacting residents in the Northern District of California and posing as a Deputy U.S. Marshal or other law enforcement agent. The individual calls his or her potential victim to advise that they have missed federal jury duty, but can avoid arrest by paying a fine immediately.

The scammers may provide information, 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. They also leave voicemails and have set up fake voicemail prompts and in-boxes to further convince the victims of their legitimacy.

The scam has been going on throughout the country. 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.

If you believe you were a victim of the jury duty scam in Northern California, you are encouraged to report the incident to your local law enforcement department, your local FBI office, or the U.S. Marshals in San Francisco at (415) 436-7660.

“We need the public’s help in exposing this scam,” stated Don O’Keefe, U.S. Marshal for the Northern District of California. “We encourage members of the public to be diligent and to be aware. No legitimate law enforcement officer from the U.S. Marshals will ever solicit money over the phone, and any attempt to do so should be reported immediatly.”

To find information on fugitive’s currently being sought by the U.S. Marshals in Northern California, or to submit a tip on the whereabouts of a fugitive, please visit:

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