U.S. Marshal’s Office warns of new scam in the area

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Beware of people posing as a U.S. Marshal and trying to take your money.

On Friday the U. S. Marshal Service in the Western District of Louisiana issued a warning about a scam
involving people who are posing as a Deputy U.S. Marshal, and attempting to collect “fines” from residents.

The imposter, reportedly using the name Kent Sellers, have been contacting residents in northwest Louisiana. 

The scammer calls people to inform that they have missed federal jury service, but can avoid arrest by paying a fine immediately.

The scammers may provide information, titles, and badge numbers of legitimate law enforcement officers or court officials, names of federal judges, and courtroom addresses in an attempt to make the scam appear credible. 

They also leave voicemails and have set up fake voicemail prompts and in-boxes to further convince the victims of their legitimacy.

Similar scams have been going on throughout the country. 

If a person receives a jury duty-related call, they should not provide any personal identification information or money to the caller. 

Federal courts do not call prospective jurors and ask for money or personal identifying information over the telephone.

If you believe you were a victim of the jury duty scam in the Western District of Louisiana, you are
encouraged to report the incident to your local law enforcement department, your local FBI office, or the U.S. Marshal Service in Shreveport at (318) 934-4300.

Henry Whitehorn, U.S. Marshal for the Western District of Louisiana stated, “We encourage members of the public to be diligent and be aware. No legitimate law enforcement officer from the U.S. Marshal Service will ever solicit money over the phone, and any attempt to do so should be reported.” 

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov

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