NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - If you get a call from someone who says you missed jury duty and that a warrant is out for your arrest, don't believe it. The US Marshals Office says there's a scam going around from people who are trying to get your personal information and your money.
The way it works is that scammers call and claim to be court or law enforcement officials. After telling the unsuspecting person on the other end that there's a warrant out for their arrest for failing to report for jury duty, the scammer then reportedly says he'll need more information for "verification purposes". This may include your birth date, social security number and even a credit card number. In many cases, the caller demands a wire money transfer in lieu of a credit card. Wired money is never retrievable.
Juror scams have been prevalent for years, but variations of the scam have resurfaced within recent weeks. The US Marshall's Office says it's important for the public to remember that no legitimate business will require personally identifiable information over the phone nor will the courts ever threaten arrest or require payment of a fine over the phone. More information about jury duty scams is available on the U.S. Courts website http://www.laed.uscourts.gov/jury-information/jury-scams.
To verify if a call or mailing came from the U.S. District Court, please call their office directly at (504) 589-7730 during normal business hours to speak with a member of the Jury Unit.
If you believe that you have been the victim of fraud or have received a scam phone call, phishing e-mail, or fax, contact your local police or sheriff's department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (504-816-3000), or the United States Marshals Service (504-589-6079). The public can also stay abreast of many current scams by visiting the Federal Trade Commission website at https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/scam-alerts.