PHOENIX - The U.S. Marshals Service is warning of a scam that's cropping up again in the Phoenix area.
Scammers are fishing for personal information, and they're using the common fear of skipping jury duty to do it.
They call people and claim to be affiliated with the U.S. Marshals, accusing the call recipient of skipping jury duty and threatening arrest and fines. They ask for personal or credit card information.
This is the third year the U.S. Marshals have seen this type of scam activity in Phoenix, including the addition last year of attempts to meet call recipients at specific locations to sign false affidavits under threat of a representative coming to the victim's home.
The scammers even go so far as to provide titles and badge numbers of legitimate officers and judges to make the scam seem credible. They can also trick your caller ID into appearing like you are from a government agency, the U.S. Marshals said in a Thursday release.
You never have to provide sensitive information over the phone or in person, and the U.S. Marshals said the agencies that would reach out to jurors would never request Social Security or credit card information or threaten residents.
If you receive a call that you think is a scam, you should not provide personal information and instead contact the U.S. Marshals Service at 602-382-8767.