GREENSBORO, N.C. — The U.S. Marshals Service for the Middle District of North Carolina is warning the public of an ongoing, nationwide telephone scam, according to a news release.
This scam involves individuals claiming to be U.S. Marshals, court officers or law enforcement officials seeking to collect a fine in lieu of arrest for failing to report for jury duty, the release said.
In order to appear more credible, the scammers may provide information such as, badge numbers, the names of actual federal judges and courthouse addresses, the release said. Furthermore, the scammers have been known to spoof their telephone numbers to appear on the victim’s caller ID as if they are calling from the court or government agency.
Victims have been told they can avoid arrest by paying a fine using a reloadable credit card and are urged to call a number and provide their own credit card number to initiate the process.
“The U.S. Marshals Service, nor the federal courts make calls to anyone in order to arrange for payment of fines over the phone for failure to appear for jury duty,” the release said.
A number of victims in Greensboro were instructed to bring cash or a money order and meet the scammer outside of the L. Richardson Preyer Federal Courthouse at 324 W. Market St., according to the Marshals.
If you believe you were a victim of the jury duty scam, you are encouraged to report the incident to your local law enforcement department, your local U.S. Marshals Service office or your local FBI office.