U.S. Marshal warns of scam affecting the public

(MGN Online)

SHREVEPORT, La. (U.S. Marshal's Office) - The United States Marshal Service in the Western District of Louisiana is warning the public of a scam involving an individual or a group of individuals posing as a Deputy U.S. Marshal, and attempting to solicit “fines” from members of the public.

The scammers, reportedly using the name Kent Sellers, have been contacting residents in the Western District of Louisiana and posing as a Deputy U.S. Marshal or other law enforcement agent. The individual calls his potential victim 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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