- Associated Press - Monday, September 29, 2014

RENO, Nev. (AP) - The U.S. Marshals office in Reno is warning about a new scam targeting northern Nevadans with fictitious telephone calls about jury duty.

Authorities say they’ve received several reports of individuals identifying themselves as U.S. marshals who claim they will arrest the potential victim if they refuse to pay a fine for missing their jury duty.

Officials for the U.S. Marshals Service say they never seek payment of fines or fees over the telephone. They urge anyone receiving such a call to refuse to provide any financial information and to report the incident to local police or the FBI.

Complaints also can be filed on line at the FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov

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