US Marshals warn of jury duty phone scam
BATON ROUGE– The U.S. Marshals Service for the Middle District of Louisiana is warning the public of an ongoing jury duty phone scam.
Authorities say the caller poses as a U.S. Marshal, Deputy Marshal, or other law enforcement officer. The caller will tell the victim that he or she has missed federal jury duty, but can avoid arrest by paying a fine immediately.
Then, the caller will provide information such as titles and badge numbers of a legitimate law enforcement officer or court official, names of federal judges, and courthouse addresses in an attempt to make the scam appear credible.
Callers are even using a technique known as "spoofing", which allows the phone number they are calling from to appear on caller ID as if they are from an Office of the Court or a government agency.
The U.S. Marshals Service in Baton Rouge and other parts of the Southeast region have received numerous calls inquiring about this scam over the past few weeks.
Authorities are urging people not provide any personal identification or money to the caller. Offices of the Federal Courts do not call prospective jurors, ask for money, or personal identification information.
Anyone that receives a scam phone call should report it, along with any available information on the caller, to their local United States Marshals Service office.