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For Immediate Release

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April 12, 2017 Michael Stokes, Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal
Western District if Missouri (816) 985-6915
U.S. Marshals Warn Public of Phone Scams
Kansas City, MO - The U.S. Marshals are warning the public of ongoing jury duty telephone scams. 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. Other versions of this scam claim the victim has failed to appear for a criminal court hearing or an “ongoing civil matter” and must pay fines to avoid arrest.

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 nationwide scam, and 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 one of these suspected scam calls should report it, with any available caller ID information, to their local FBI or United States Marshals Service Office.

If you believe you may be a victim of the jury duty scam, identity theft, or other scheme, you can also file a complaint online with the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) at www.ic3.gov.

The U.S. Marshals Service for the Western District of Missouri is headquartered in Kansas City, Mo. and encompasses the western 66 counties of the state.

Additional information ragarding juror scams: http://www.uscourts.gov/services-forms/jury-service/juror-scams

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.

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