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April 7-- In Savannah, Brunswick, Augusta, Waycross, Statesboro, Dublin, and throughout the Southern District of Georgia, citizens are being targeted and harassed with phone calls threatening prosecution for the failure to comply with jury service in federal and state courts, and also for the failure to pay federal income taxes.  These phone calls are happening nationwide and they are a scam.

In the calls, citizens are pressured to immediately provide money and confidential data, potentially leading to identity theft and fraud. These calls, which threaten citizens with fines and jail time if they do not comply, are fraudulent and are not connected with the federal and state courts, or with the IRS.  Any phone contact by legitimate court officials or with the IRS will not include demands for the immediate transfer of money or requests for Social Security numbers, credit card numbers, and any other sensitive information. 

Persons receiving such fraudulent calls should not provide the requested information, and should notify their local law enforcement agency or the FBI immediately.  Federal, state and local law enforcement officials are actively pursuing these crimes in an effort to bring fraudsters to justice and to prevent the further victimization of innocent citizens.