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Jury Scam Announcement 10-2018

Citizens in the Southern District of West Virginia are being targeted by phone calls and threatened with prosecution for failing to appear for jury service in federal court.

In this scam, the caller identifies himself as an employee of the United States Marshals Service. The caller tells the person receiving the call that a District Judge has issued a warrant for his or her arrest for failure to appear for jury duty and that the person can avoid arrest by paying a fee via a PayPal account or appearing at the Charleston courthouse.

These calls are not from real court officials. Our Court does not call jurors (or anyone else) asking for fine payments, credit card numbers, or any other personal information. Should any individual receive one of these calls, the United States Marshals Service suggests reporting the incident to your local FBI office and to the FTC https://www.usmarshals.gov/news/chron/2018/scam-alerts.htm

For more information about potential jury scams, please visit our website at http://www.wvsd.uscourts.gov/notices-regarding-scams.