SCAM ALERT: No federal court will ever call you and demand money for 'missing' jury duty.

A new set of scammers have been targeting coastal Georgia residents recently, calling residents and demanding money for missing federal jury duty, the U.S. Department of Justice says.

That would never happen.

These scammers have factual information at their disposal (like a federal judge's name, the address of a federal courthouse or even manipulate their phone number of make it seem legitimate on caller ID), before trying to squeeze money out of the unsuspecting victim.

Federal courts don't ever try to get sensitive personal information over email or phone calls. Federal courts communicate with potential jurors through the mail the majority of the time - not phone calls.

Any phone contact from real federal court officials would never involve requests for Social Security numbers, bank numbers, credit card numbers or any other sensitive information.

If you get a phone call like this, try to find out where it's coming from and then get in contact with that organization via phone or through its website.

Do not:

  • Give out your personal information
  • Send any money

The Marshals service is investigating these scammers.