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US Marshals alert East Tennesseans of ongoing phone scam

People are advised not to divulge personal or financial information to unknown callers.
The U.S. Marshals Service said, during the phone calls people are being pressured to provide...
The U.S. Marshals Service said, during the phone calls people are being pressured to provide confidential information that could lead to identity theft and fraud.(Amber Lake)
Published: Apr. 15, 2021 at 2:30 PM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - The U.S. Marshals Service issued an alert to East Tennesseans of an ongoing phone scam.

According to officials, scammers pose as U.S. Marshals or other court officials and threaten to arrest individuals for not appearing for jury duty or stating that there is a warrant for the person’s arrest.

“U.S. Marshals or other federal court employees will never contact someone and demand payment or personal information by phone or email,” said David G. Jolley, U.S. Marshal for the Eastern District of Tennessee.

The U.S. Marshals Service said, during the phone calls people are being pressured to provide confidential information that could lead to identity theft and fraud.

“While these callers may sound legitimate, we urge people to question the validity of their claims and to never meet with them or provide financial data or information,” stated Marshal Jolley.

Officials said U.S. Marshals will never ask for credit or debit card numbers, wire transfers or bank routing numbers. People are advised not to divulge personal or financial information to unknown callers.

If you believe you may be a victim of the jury duty scam, identity theft, or other schemes, you can report the incident to the FTC (https://www.ftc.gov/) or file a complaint online with the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) at www.ic3.gov.

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