The FBI’s Newark and Philadelphia Divisions in conjunction with the US Marshals Service, District of New Jersey, have issued a public warning about a social engineering scheme currently targeting New Jersey residents. The perpetrators of this scheme impersonate law enforcement officials and call victims, accusing them of failing to appear for jury duty and threatening them with an arrest warrant if they do not pay a fine. If victims agree to pay the fine, they are instructed to purchase a prepaid debit card with an amount specified by the perpetrators and then provide them with the card information. This is a similar tactic used by the perpetrators of the infamous IRS phone scam and uninformed targets could become victims. Please remember that no government or law enforcement agency will ever demand payment over the phone in the form of a prepaid debit card or gift card and official communications of a serious nature will always arrive via the US Postal Service. Victims of this or other phone scams are encouraged to report it to their local police department, the NJCCIC, and the FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center.