Federal officials warn of increase in jury duty scam reports

Federal officials warn of increase in jury duty scam reports
Posted at 7:01 AM, May 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-04 07:01:44-04

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Federal courts officials are warning that a growing number of Indiana residents are falling prey to a nationwide jury duty scam threatening people with arrest if they don't pay up.

The Southern District of Indiana says it has received a surge of phone calls from people victimized by those scams and says it's "of the utmost importance" to alert the public about them.

Courts officials say the callers in the scam pose as U.S. marshals or other government officials and tell victims they're about to be arrested for not appearing for jury duty, but can avoid arrest by paying a so-called "fine."

Officials say government employees would never contact someone to demand payment or personal information over the phone or email.

People who believe they've fallen victim to a jury duty scam are encouraged to report the incident to the District Court Clerk's Office of the Southern District of Indiana at 317-229-3700; the Federal Trade Commission at; and the U. S. Marshals Service at 317-226-6566.

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