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U.S. Marshal Service warns of phone scam


The U.S. Marshals Service is warning the public about phone scams and urging anyone potentially affected to alert the Federal Trade Commission.

A news release states that people getting phone calls warning of an impending fine for failing to report for jury duty or other violations. The caller says the fine can be avoided by sending a prepaid debit or gift card to someone, or reading the number over the phone.

Sometimes, the release states, scammers will offer badge numbers and use the names of actual law enforcement personnel and judges, as well as spoof numbers that make it look on caller ID like they’re calling from a federal office.

The Marshals Service says it will never call asking for card numbers or other banking information, and people should never give financial information to an unknown caller. Anyone who receives such a call should contact the U.S. District Court clerk’s office to verify a potential order. If there is no order, people are then asked to call Marshals or the FTC. 

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