BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - As if jury duty wasn't enough of a headache, between the long hours, days away from work, stuffy court rooms, and Sunday dress clothes, U.S. Marshals are now warning the public of a phone scam to make things worse.
The U.S. Marshals Service for the middle district of Louisiana warns that a caller may pose as a law enforcement officer and tell the victim that he or she has missed federal jury duty, but can avoid arrest by paying a fine immediately.
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The caller will provide information such as titles and badge numbers of legitimate law enforcement officers or court officials, 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 some 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. The U.S. Marshals Service reiterates people should not provide any personal identification or money to the caller.
Offices of the Federal Courts do not call prospective jurors or ask for money or personal identification information.
Anyone that receives a jury duty scam phone call should report it, along with any available information on the caller, to their local U.S. Marshals Service office.
Contact information for the local offices in the State of Louisiana can be found here.