Individuals posing as Deputy U.S. Marshals are calling and attempting to collect money from individuals for missing jury duty. To add credibility to the scam, the individuals are using names of federal judges and the real address of the courthouse.
In the calls, the public is pressured to provide confidential information or pay a fine. These calls threaten recipients with fines and jail time. Neither the District Court nor the U.S. Marshal Service will contact the public by phone to collects fines or gather personal information.
Federal courts, including the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, use an online program for jurors called E-Juror, but never request that personal identification information be sent directly in an email or by phone to the Court. Requests to respond to a questionnaire or summons are initiated by formal written correspondence, and jurors are provided instructions to complete any questionnaire or summons in paper or over a secure website as follows: https://ecf.innd.uscourts.gov/ejuror/TransportRoom?servlet=login
If you have information regarding this phone scam, please contact your local U.S. Marshals’ office at 574-236-8291.