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U.S. Marshals warn South Carolinians of jury duty phone scams

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The U.S. Marshals Service is warning South Carolinians of jury duty phone scams. 

Scammers are posing as U.S. marshals, court officers or law enforcement officials and claim they are seeking a fine in lieu of an arrest for failing to report for jury duty.

Victims are told they can avoid arrest by paying a fine by purchasing and providing the access numbers for re-loadable credit cards or GreenDot/MoneyPak cards.

To appear more credible, the scammers use information such as badge numbers, names of federal judges and courthouse addresses. 

The U.S. Marshals Service said they do not call anyone to arrange payment of fines over the phone. They urge members of the public to not give out personal information to unknown callers. 

Anyone who suspects they were a victim of the jury duty scam should report the incident to local law enforcement or local U.S. Marshals at (803) 765-5821. 

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