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For Immediate Release

Contact:
April 24, 2017 M. Dante Gordon, Deputy U.S. Marshal
Middle District of Alabama (334) 391-5398;
USMS Office of Public Affairs (703) 740-1699
United States Marshals Warn of Continued Threat of Jury Duty Phone Scam
Montgomery, AL - The U.S. Marshals Service for the Middle District of Alabama is again warning the public of an ongoing jury-duty phone scam where the scammer poses as a U.S. Marshal, Deputy Marshal, or other law enforcement official. The scammer calls the victim to advise that he or she has missed federal jury duty, but can avoid arrest by paying a fine immediately.

The scammer will provide information such as titles and badge numbers of a legitimate law enforcement officer or court official, names of federal judges, and courtroom addresses in an attempt to make the scam appear credible. The scammers then instruct the victim to drive to either a Rite-Aid or CVS Pharmacy where they instruct the victim to purchase a Green-Dot card and to remain on the phone the entire time. Scammers are even spoofing their phone numbers to appear on a caller ID as if they are from the court or a government agency. Within the last three (3) weeks, the U.S. Marshals have received several calls inquiring about this scam and at least two (2) people have fallen victim to the scam over the past few days. The U.S. Marshals Service wants to insure that the public knows this is a scam. If a person receives a jury duty related call, they should not provide any personal identification or money to the caller. Federal Courts do not call prospective jurors or ask for money or personal identification information.

Anyone that 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.

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

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