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Juror Scams

The United States Middle District of Georgia will NOT ask you to pay fines over the phone.  DO NOT pay anyone over the phone regarding your missed jury service. The amount fined will NEVER exceed $1,000, and you will first appear before a judge.

Penalty for Failure to Appear for Jury Summons
28 U.S.C. §1866(g)
Any person summoned for jury service who fails to appear as directed may be ordered by the court to appear and show cause for failure to comply with the summons. Any person who fails to show good cause for noncompliance with a summons may be fined not more than $1,000, imprisioned not more than three days, ordered to perform community service, or any combination thereof.

The U.S. Marshals are urging people to report the scam calls to their local FBI office, and file a consumer complaint with the Federal Trade Commission(FTC), which has the ability to detect patterns of fraud from the information collected and share that data with law enforcement.

Things to remember:

  • The U.S. Marshals Service WILL NEVER ask for credit/debit card/gift card numbers, wire transfers, or bank routing numbers, or to make bitcoin deposits for any purpose.
  • NEVER divulge personal or financial information to unknown callers.
  • Report scam phone calls to your local FBI office and to the FTC., you can remain anonymous when you report.
  • Authenticate the call by calling the clerk of the court's office of the U.S. District Court in your area and verify the court order given by the caller.
  • The Department of Justice launched the National Elder Fraud Hotline, which provides services to seniors who may be victims of financial fraud. Case managers assist callers with reporting the suspected fraud to relevant agencies and by providing resources and referrals to other appropriate services as needed. The hotline’s toll-free number is 833-FRAUD-11 (833-372-8311).

 Please see this document for specific information