INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -
Federal court officials in Indianapolis are warning that scammers posing as
court employees are calling people with cases pending before the court and
asking them for their Social Security number.
The U.S. District
Court for the Southern District of Indiana said court officials would never
contact someone and demand personal information such as their Social
The court is also
reminding the public never to divulge personal information or financial
information to unknown callers.
urge anyone who believes they have been a victim of the scam to report it to
the District Court Clerk’s Office and the Federal Trade Commission.
The Social Security
number scam is the latest that the federal court has warned the public about
in recent years. Those include a scam in which callers posing as U.S.
marshals or other government officials claim that their would-be victims can
avoid imminent arrest for not appearing for jury duty by paying a fine.
who disregard a summons will only be contacted by the court officials by
mail and in certain circumstances they may be ordered to appear before a
judge. Court officials will also never request any kind of payment by phone
People who believe
they’ve been scammed can report it to the clerk’s office for the federal
court at 317-229-3700 and the Federal Trade Commission at