SCAM ALERT: US Marshals say their phone number is being used in a string of scam calls

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Thursday, June 27, 2019

AUGUSTA, GA (WRDW/WAGT) -- The U.S. Marshals office in South Carolina is warning the people of a phone scam where callers are spoofing the district office's real phone number to trick people into sending them money.

During the phone call, according to officials, callers tell victims they can avoid arrest for failing to report for jury duty or other offenses if they purchse a prepaid debit card and provide the card number. The scammers may even provide information like badge numbers, names of actual law enforcement officials and judges, and courthouse addresses. These calls are not real, the Marshals Office wished to stress.

Officials are urging people to report these calls to their local FBI office or file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission.

When it comes to phone scams, here are a few things to remember:

* Never give out credit/debt/gift cards, wire transfers, or bank routing numbers.
* Do not give out any personal or financial information to unknown numbers.
* Report scam calls to the local FBI office and the FTC.
* Authenticate any court order by calling the clerk at the U.S. District Court in your area.

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