The U.S. Marshals Office is warning Nebraskans about an increase in telephone scams during the holiday season. Spokesperson William Iverson says the latest involves the missed jury duty scam.
Iverson says, “The caller sounds very official. With the threat of arrests and confinement, people naturally get concerned and act probably more quickly than normal. He says the scammers often use bully tactics to get the victims to pay up. They spoof phone numbers to make it show up on the caller ID that it is from a government agency. Iverson says they often give badge numbers and provide names of legitimate judges or law enforcement officers to make it appear more official. They then ask for a form of payment.
The U.S. Marshals would never ask for a credit card, debit card, bank routing numbers, to wire money or purchase a gift card and call them back.
If you question you missed jury duty you can contact the District Court office directly. Anyone who believes they fell victim to a scammer should call the U.S. Marshals Service or the Federal Trade Commission.