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FBI warns about jury duty scam

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ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- The FBI is issuing a warning about a telephone scam that tries to get your credit card information by claiming you failed to report to jury duty and must pay a fine over the phone or go to jail. The caller claims to be a police officer or a representative of the court system and that’s very concerning to the FBI.

"We don't want people losing faith in the system, we don't want people losing faith in law enforcement and court officials in this matter too,” said Steven D’Antuono, assistant special agent in charge of the St. Louis office.

D'Antuono said the FBI is actively investigating cases involving this scam in the St. Louis area. He said the courts would never call a potential juror and make such a claim. D’Antuono said a big red flag that the call is a scam, is that the caller will say there’s an urgency to paying the fine.

"If they're in that mode of rush, rush, rush, you have to do this, you have to do this, it's most likely a scam," said D’Antuono.

If you’re ever concerned about legitimacy of a call from someone claiming to be a police officer or an FBI agent, D’Antuono said you have the right to take the time to call and verify the officer’s identity and he recommends take time to do that.

Anyone who has received a call about the jury duty scam is asked to call the St. Louis office of the FBI at (314) 589-2500. When you call, you are to press ‘0’ for the operator and tell them you’re calling about the jury duty scam.

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