PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The U.S. Marshals Service is warning Rhode Island residents to be aware of jury duty scams.

U.S. Marshal Jamie Hainsworth said Monday there has been an increase in telephone scams asking people to pay fines for missing jury duty.

The scams involve people claiming to be U.S. marshals, court officers or law enforcement officials who threaten people with arrest if they don’t pay a fine over the phone using a credit card.

The Marshals Service says it never calls anyone to arrange payment of fines over the phone. It says not to give out personal information to unknown callers.

It says the scammers sometimes try to appear more credible by providing badge numbers, the names of federal judges and courthouse addresses.


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