The U.S. District Court of Vermont is advising the public to be on alert for a phone scam that spoofs or fakes members of the Court’s staff and/or the U.S. Marshals Service. Callers have targeted residents around the region, claiming to be representatives of District Court and the U.S. Marshals Service demanding monies from victims for failure to comply with a Subpoena or Order issued by this court. Please be advised the court does not call private citizens to threaten or demand money. The public is reminded to never give out personal information to callers that you don't know. Be skeptical of any calls that:
• Ask for credit/debit card/gift card numbers, wire transfers, or bank routing numbers for any purpose.
• Ask you to provide any sensitive information, like your date of birth or social security number.
These calls, which threaten recipients with fines, arrest, or jail time if they do not comply, are fraudulent and are not connected with the federal courts.
If you have been a recipient of one of these calls, it is recommended that you report the scam to the Clerk’s Office at (802) 951-6301.