Scammers threaten jail time if you don't pay a fine

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Simply by placing a phone call or dropping an email, scam artists are having good luck conning people out of hundreds of dollars if not more.

This scam making the rounds sounds pretty intimidating if you're on the receiving end.

It is happening often enough that the US Federal Court System has issued an official warning about it.

The scammers claim to be from the court, or from the US Marshall's Office, and they claim you owe a fine because you didn't show up for your assigned jury duty.

They add that if you don't immediately pay that fine, you could go to jail.

WBTV Cyber Expert, and CEO of Fortalice Solutions, Theresa Payton says it just isn't true.

"This is a red flag.  The courts and the marshals will never call you on the phone and threaten you if you don't pay a fine.  You'll either be served a warrant or get something in the mail return receipt requested," Payton said.

She suggests, if you are worried, that you hang up and dial your local offices of either of those two groups to confirm whether there is a warrant out for you.

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