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U.S. Marshals warning public of phone scam in Virginia

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Posted at 5:26 PM, Feb 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-11 17:26:38-05

RICHMOND, Va. — The U.S. Marshals Service is warning the public of a phone scam involving a man posing as a U.S. Marshal.

The man reportedly identifies himself as a U.S. Marshal while calling victims to advise that he or she has missed federal grand jury but can avoid arrest by paying a fine immediately.

There have been several reported incidents of this scam taking place in Hampton Roads. The Marshals Service became aware of the scam after receiving several calls from citizens in the Norfolk area.

“This scam has been replicated in other cities in the state and around the country, and we want the public to be aware of this criminal activity”, stated U.S. Marshal of the Eastern District of Virginia Robert Mathieson.

The U.S. Marshals Service said they do not seek payment of fines or fees via the telephone for individuals. They urge the public not to divulge personal or financial information to unknown callers.

They also recommend the public report similar crimes to the FBI or their local police or Sheriff’s office if they are the victims of fraud.

For internet related fraud, the FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center can be contacted at http://www.ic3.gov.