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Jury Duty scam alert

Posted at 6:34 PM, Nov 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-08 18:40:25-05

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The U.S. Marshals Service is warning people about scammers impersonating court officers.

Scammers have been calling people claiming to be U.S. Marshals, court officers, or other law enforcement officials, attempting to collect a fine in lieu of arrest for failing to report for jury duty. To appear credible, scammers may provide information like badge numbers, names of actual law enforcement officers, and federal judges, and use courthouse addresses.

They may also spoof their phone numbers to appear on caller ID as if they are calling from the court or a government agency. 

The Mashals Service tells Fox 4 they will never seek payment of fines via telephone for people who have missed jury duty or have outstanding arrest warrants.

If you believe you were a victim of this scam, you can report the incident to your local U.S. Marshals Service office.