Gainesville Police received a pair of reports Friday from people receiving threatening calls regarding missed jury duty, a scam making its way around the country.
The con artist will call under the guise of a law enforcement officer and claim the potential victim has missed federal jury duty service.
Cpl. Jessica Van said the caller in the local cases has claimed to be a deputy with the U.S. Marshals.
“They’ll pick a random store for them to go purchase a Green Dot (prepaid debit) card and then take the card to a federal courthouse to pay the fine,” Van said.
The reports Friday are similar to previous reports taken by the police, and the scam has cropped up before with the Hall County Sheriff’s Office.
The U.S. Courts website has a page on its website dedicated to juror scams, which include con artists asking potential victims for personal information that can lead to identity theft.
“These calls and emails, which threaten recipients with fines and jail time if they do not comply, are fraudulent and are not connected with the U.S. courts,” according to the notice.
The FBI field office in Denver issued a notice in July of a scam similar to the one reported to Gainesville Police.
“The scammers use the actual names of the law enforcement officials and also name the actual judges on the bench in case you search the internet to check,” according to the FBI notice.
Authorities advise to not give any personal information to an unknown caller and to contact law enforcement.