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For Immediate Release

Contact:
July 13, 2017 District of Arizona Phoenix, (602) 828-8349;
USMS Office of Public Affairs (703) 740-1699
U.S. Marshals Advise the Public to Beware of Jury Duty Scam
Harrisburg, PA - Beginning in 2015, numerous valley residents were contacted by unknown callers claiming to be representatives of the U.S. Marshals Service, stating that the recipient of the call failed to report for jury duty. At that time, the callers were threatening arrest, fines and/or jail time if citizens did not comply by providing personally identifiable and/or credit card information. Additionally, the callers were asking numerous victims to use money wire services to satisfy fines associated with failing to report for jury duty. In June of 2015, the U.S. Marshals sent out a media release warning the public of these scams.

In 2016, information had been received stating that the perpetrators had begun their attempts again, this time asking call recipients to meet them at specific locations, to sign “affidavits”. The callers claimed that if this was not done, someone may show up at the victim’s home.

Unfortunately, new information has been reported that these threats have begun again, here in Phoenix and in other cities across the United States. These individuals provide 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. The callers can even spoof their phone numbers to appear on caller ID as if they are from the court or a government agency.

The U.S. Marshals Service and U.S. District Court want to remind the public of this issue and assure the community that sensitive information is not required to be provided over the phone or in person through any arranged meetings. Additionally, those responsible for making contact with potential jurors would not request personally identifiable information such as Social Security numbers or credit card information and would not threaten the public with violent action unless money was paid to the caller or caller’s “agency”. Furthermore, representatives of the U.S. Marshals Service and the U.S. District Court will not require any individual to meet them at a designated location to sign any paperwork regarding jury duty attendance.

If this type of fraudulent communication is received, the U.S. Marshals Service strongly advises citizens to not provide any personally identifiable information over the phone. Should an individual receive such a call or feel that they have been a victim of this scam, please contact the U.S. Marshals Service immediately at (602) 382-8767.

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

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