Federal, Local Officials Warn of Jury Duty Phone Scam

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Federal and local officials have issued a warning about a recent phone scam targeting New Jersey residents.

The FBI Philadelphia division, the United States Marshals Service District of New Jersey, and several southern New Jersey police departments say scammers impersonating law enforcement and /or court officials have been contacting residents in the area claiming they missed federal or local jury duty.

The scammer then tells the victim that a warrant for their arrest has been issued and that they must pay a fine using a pre-paid debit card to avoid prosecution.

Officials are encouraging anyone who receives a call of this manner to contact their local law enforcement agency to verify the information.

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