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U.S. Marshals Service warning of telephone scam

MiamiHerald / If you get a call from someone claiming to be a court officer or U.S. marshal, you should probably hang up the phone.

The U.S. Marshals Service is alerting the public that scammers are calling people to con them out of their money. The callers tell people that they’ve been fined for failure to appear at jury duty or that they’ve won a prize and must pay a fee to receive it.

However, the Marshals Service does not use phone calls to arrange payment of fines for any kind of infraction.

Victims are told that they can avoid arrest by purchasing a prepaid debit card and reading the number over the phone. The Marshals Service urges the public to not give out personal or financial information over the phone and to verify actual court orders through the clerk of the U.S. District Court in their area.

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