Marshals warn of scam

Published 6:39 pm Saturday, December 26, 2015

The U.S. Marshals Service is warning the public of a telephone 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 are several reported incidents of this scam taking place this week in Hampton Roads. The Marshals Service became aware of the scam after receiving several calls from alert citizens in the Hampton Roads area.

The U.S. Marshals Service is a federal law enforcement agency and does not seek payment of fines or fees via the telephone for individuals.

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The U.S. Marshals Service urges individuals not to divulge personal or financial information to unknown callers and highly recommends the public report similar crimes to the FBI or their local law enforcement if they are the victims of fraud. For Internet related fraud, the FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center can be contacted at

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at