U.S. Marshals won’t call you about jury duty

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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

Thank you for the update.

Thank you.

People like these scammers make me want to get violent!

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.

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.

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