U.S. Marshals Service warns of phone scam circulating in Dayton area

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The U.S. Marshals Service is warning the public about a phone scam circulating in the Dayton area this week.

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Several residents in the Dayton area received calls on June 25 and 26 where a caller told them they had an active, federal arrest warrant or bench warrant and were demanding payment of fines, Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal Jeremy Rose said in a media release.

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The calls came from two numbers, 937-552-5095 and 937-551-1395, where the male caller either identified himself as Deputy Marshal Brian Word or Kendall Brown.

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“The U.S. Marshals Service wants the public to know this is a scam and if you receive any phone calls of this nature you should immediately contact your local authorities or search a telephone directory’s government pages to obtain a legitimate number for the nearest U.S. Marshals Service to verify the call,” Rose said in the release.

“Additionally, the U.S. Marshals Service is a federal law enforcement agency and does not seek payment of fines or fees via the telephone and will never ask someone to go to a local store to get a prepaid credit card.”

People who are victims of frauds similar to this and others are also urged to contact local law enforcement or the FBI to report the crimes.

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