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United States Marshals protect the federal courts, track down dangerous fugitives, and transport thousands of prisoners. They don’t make calls and threaten to arrest people or fine them for missing jury duty. But scammers posing as Marshals have been making calls like that and tricking people into sending money. The imposters use spoofed phone numbers that look official, and steal the names and badge numbers of legitimate law enforcement officials. They warn people they might be arrested — unless they buy a prepaid debit, iTunes or gift card and pay the fine immediately. If you buy a card and tell a scammer the card’s code, the scammer takes the card’s value; your money is gone. If a “U.S. Marshal” calls you with a jury duty warning, hang up. It’s a scam.

If a fake Marshal — or any other government imposter — calls and tells you to send money to avoid arrest:

  • Don’t send money by prepaid card and don’t wire money. Wiring money is like sending cash. You usually can't reverse or trace the transaction.
  • Don’t share your financial or personal information. Scammers can use your information to commit identity theft.
  • Don’t trust a name or number that appears on your phone. Scammers can fake caller ID information.

If you received a call like this, please report it to the FTC and to your local Marshals Service District Office. If you sent money to an imposter on a prepaid card, report it to the card company’s fraud department. Read more about the tricks government imposters use and how to beat their scams.

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Scary; Thanks for the warning


Thanks for the heads up.What will they think of next ??

Recently, my husband got a call stating that the caller was from an agency hired by PayPal to collect on a debt of $500+ US dollars. They stated this went back to Dec 2016 and for my husband to provide payment - he did not - We then contacted PayPal and they verified that we, in fact, did NOT owe any money. The moto of this story - don't trust anyone that calls you claiming to be legitimate.

thanks. ok read

Why is it in this day and age that scammers can fake caller id info? Isn't there some technical solution to this abuse of the phone lines, and innocent citizens who pay for this service supposedly regulated by FTC et al?

thanks for the warning


I got completely hooked by this scam. I'm pretty scam savvy and this one was extremely professionally done. I can't believe I fell for it but it was so real

It's easy to dodge this kind of thing for those who know the way things work in government. I paid attention in my mandatory high school Government class. We learned that failure to appear for jury duty is contempt of court and results in a bench warrart. It's judges descretion as to the results of the charge. This pending action can result in an arrest next time one interacts in person with government. Jury duty starts as a local summons. U.S. Marshalls function at the Federal level of Government and are law enforcement officers. Law enforcement officers don't directly collect fines. Courts do.

Thank you for the update.

Thank you.

People like these scammers make me want to get violent!

This happened to me very recently. I Knew it was a scam. I said... " you are right now being recorded AND tracked. You Are Not a U S Marshall. I AM (not really) and We don't make calls like this. I think you should know that if... That's where they hung up. Lol

Got a call from (979)429-2211,Bay City TX. Said the FBI is after me for back taxes. I hung up. These kind of calls need to be stopped.


I been the victim of scam artist growing up. It doest see a brother a mother or children . i learn you can voice your consumer concerns with the real better business bureau. That sometimes the products and services are not good. Quality.

It is only logical that if the U.S. Marshal wants you you will be presented with a warrant for arrest (in person) or another official will retain a person in a similar fashion.

had a scammer call about the gov. giving me a free 7,000 grant. listened and he ask if aa manted a check or cash.I I told him cash. He said okay let me let you talk to my super to make sure the info iss right. super comes on and ask same questions and ask how I wanted my money. again i said cash, they hung up.

I was told I won some money

The "officer" that called told me I "missed jury duty" and that a warrant would be issued for my arrest. I inquired which court state or federal? He said federal.
I asked for his name and badge number he said Lt Alex something from the sheriffs office. I replied "so you are from a local sheriffs office calling me regarding failure to appear for jury duty at the circuit court of appeals?
He said yes that's right. I said that's wrong you fool! Well he replied " I am writing a warrant for your arrest". Great, would that be a bench warrant ? He hung up.
You see only the federal judge can issue a warrant for failure to show for jury duty and that is rarely done...more likely a U.S. Marshal will notify you by phone to find out why you missed jury duty.
By the way this guy was such a putz, my relentless questioning threw him off his game and he forgot to close the deal by asking me to pay the bogus fine!

If you did have to pay a fine for failure to show up to jury duty, you will be notified by regular mail, though it might be certified. Any contact by phone or email about this is clearly a scam. Anything involving a message from the government or even law enforcement is usually never by phone or email anyway, just by either showing up in person at your place or by mail. More importantly, I know that no US Marshal will ever ask you to pay a fine via prepaid money cars, just with check, credit card, or postal money order because they can easily be traced.

My husband received a phone call (on a holiday, no less) purportedly from the county sheriff's office stating that he had failed to show up for jury duty and that there was a bench warrant out for his arrest. He was told he had to pay $4000 in some sort of voucher that could be obtained from Safeway (wouldn't take cash) -this money would be refunded if he showed up for jury duty at the next summons. If he did not comply, they would send officers out immediately to arrest and jail him. The caller was quite intimidating. I called the sheriff's office to check, but they were closed/could only leave a voice mail. I called an attorney (who kindly took my call on his holiday) and he told me it was a scam. I feel so badly for people who end up giving these thieves money!

Yes! I received a call today from some man who said he was from the city Sheriff's office. He actually called me at my workplace!! He told me my address and asked if it was correct. I said yes and then he said he was just making sure he was talking to the correct person (I was thrown off he knew my home address). He noted I had a warrant for my arrest due to failure to appear for jury duty. He noted that I had to stay on the phone with him or else my phone would be tracked and the police would come to arrest me wherever I was at. He said I had to have a money order for about $880 to pay for penalty fees for missing my court appearance that I had failed to pay. He at first gave me some strange address then changed t later to the police station where I would pay my fine. Since my husband was with me (we were together having lunch at a restaurant) he called the police station and asked about it while I was on the phone with the imposter. They said it was a scam and said to hang up. These scammers really did their homework with finding my workplace and home address. Definitely disturbing.

I just received a phone call from 561-231-9097 and he said he was an officer from the sheriff deparment and he had a federal warrant for not appearing at a Federal Jury Duty and it was a federal and civil case that i will be arrested.. ! I have a License ...and I have a family, I'm thinking I do not want to go to Jail??.. So I told him I never received anything on the mail.
So the impostor says that was mail to me on November 18 and I had to verify my home address, by the way he tells me that he must be in contact with me at all times.. So I told him,, I never do anything without my husband knowledge.. My phone froze when i was trying to merge the phone calls.
Finally I spoke to my husband and he told me " they never call"
you get a certified letter ( i have never received such letter).
My husband called to 561-231-9097 and he gets a voice mail. ( my husband blocked his cell number).
This was very intimidating... please do not fall for it..

Got two calls today from 972-810-1761. Both were a recording. One I actually answered and one went to vmail. It was saying to actually call back to the number to get my case number and to speak to a federal agent. Did not call but just knew it was a scam! Beware!

I got a voicemail today from # 347-966-5628 telling me this was a second attempt to contact me for jury duty & to call back & request my case # ...had me nervous ...but thank you all for your stories to verify this is a scam goodness , whats next.!!!

Federal agency warning regarding cases+16507528839 against you=total scamming..

My mom recieved a call from us marshals which asked her to verify her information so she hung up. Have gotten a scam calls from fbi, police and irs.

Got worked over by Sargent Pryce for not showing at federal jury.
Told to go to Rite Aid and get a ?money pack?
Caller used 859.813.4800
This con was very slick in his approach.

Received a distorted vmail call from a female stating she was a jury aide - got my name from blah blah Dept of Admin blah blah. Called # back and rang forever, nobody picked up. Was tempted to speak Spanish to this person if s/he picked up :P OF COURSE IT’S A SCAM. I look up every # online and if it’s not listed, I block them all.

Number used to call me was: 1-916-227-6711

The failure to show for federal jury duty criminals got me yesterday. I thought I was fairly savvy to scams but I watch little network television and listen to satellite radio and had not heard any of the warnings from the U.S. Marshall's office about this scam. They had me reporting to the real Federal Court House with a very elaborate, well-rehearsed script keeping me on the phone for 3 hours to maintain an "open line of communication" while I traveled downtown. It took 3 hours because I had trouble finding CVS, Rite-Aid, etc who had the Green Dot Money Pak's I had to purchase - yes, these are real and legit - but once the criminals have the code from the back of the card your money is gone - just like mine is. Again a very elaborate, real-sounding, and threatening con. And by the way, they called and left me a voice mail at my place of employment which few people would know that number unless I had communicated with them in the past by some means.

Happened in ATL using # 404 908 0300.
When it got a bit convoluted I figured it was a scam....but they had me going for a while....a pox on them and their kind.

A call asking for me by name went to my previous workplace. I was texted the message to call a US Marshall Byrd from the Laurens County, SC office. When I talked to the imposter, he said that a jury summons was mailed to me and gave my previous work address. I knew that was why I hadn't seen the letter. He was a really good actor and had me going. I was going to be arrested for not showing up for grand jury selection unless I paid $900, put on 3 MoneyPak cards. I was to show up for a court date the following Monday at 10:00. He gave me the address of the courthouse in Greenville, SC. I asked for his badge number and he gave me one. He stayed with me on the phone as I drove to the bank to withdraw the money, then drove to CVS to get the cards. Thanks goodness the cashier at CVS questioned what I was doing and told me it sounded like a scam. I hung up on him at that point. I can't believe how far I let that go!!!!! It sounded so real to me and I was so upset by the entire situation that I couldn't think straight. The number he called from is 864-399-7300.

I have been speaking to someone for the past 2 days claiming to be a US Marshal and that I had citations (not warrants) for missed jury duty. I talked to him off and on, because he said I would have to appear in front of a judge to avoid a warrant. Tonight, when he told me how much the fines were, I informed him I would call the local DA and Clerk of Courts just to make sure he wasn't a scam. He hung up. The number was 715-680-3056.

I got home tonight and had a message from a deputy whose name was garbled but the deputy part was very clear. He said the county name, it too was garbled, but it did sound like Guilford County (I live in North Carolina in this county). He was from the enforcement services division: he acted as if it was imperative I speak with him immediately. The only trouble was the number he gave me to call was 615-649-7333 in Nashville TN. The Guilford County area code is 336! I called the number back just to see what he would say and it was a recorded message with the same garbled name. Furthermore, when I looked at the Davidson County TN Sheriff's website, they are reporting this scam! Don't fall for it!!

Captain Pryce and Lt. Mark Mills from my local county (badge numbers included) told me I had 2 citations for failure to appear for jury duty. It was so incredibly believable and it didn't occur to me it was a scam. Got me for $1,000 with MoneyPak. Their phone was 503-773-4264. I filed a case with my local jurisdiction. They are really, really good - very polite and had the tone of every officer I've ever dealt with. Smooth. So humiliating to get scammed!

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