Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Stop That Scam U.S. Marshals Warns Again of Jury-Duty Ruse

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Stop That Scam U.S. Marshals Warns Again of Jury-Duty Ruse

Article excerpt

The 2016 election is over, so candidate robo-calls are on hold until 2018 midterms. But that doesn't mean your landline won't be ringing again with something even more annoying than pleas for votes.

According to the U.S. Marshals Service, a nationwide phone scam continues to plague the Pittsburgh area. The scammers claim to be court workers or even the U.S. Marshals Service. They say that U.S. marshals, sheriffs or someone in law enforcement is en route to their home to haul them to jail for missing or ignoring jury duty summons.The grifters also drop the name of judges who issued the warrant, along with useless badge numbers and courthouse addresses.

The con artist then says to call a number where they can pay the fine over the phone via credit card. Many people realize that this is an elaborate con and hang up. …

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