The FBI's Divisions in Newark and Philadelphia along with the U.S. Marshals are warning jersey residents about a new phone scam circulating.

Authorities say callers are impersonating law enforcement or court officials and then telling the person on the other end that a warrants been issued for their arrest because they didn't show up for jury duty.

They're then given instructions to pay a fine using a pre-paid debit card and report to court.

If it seems suspicious, they advise hanging up and calling police or court officials.

These scammers claim they're with the U.S. Marshals Service, county sheriff's department or another law enforcement agency.

To avoid becoming the victim of this type of phone scam, the FBI and U.S. Marshals Service offer the following tips:

  • Always be suspicious of unsolicited phone calls.
  • Never give money or personal information to someone with whom you don't have ties and did not initiate contact.
  • Trust your instincts: if an unknown caller pressures you, or says things that don't sound right, hang up.
  • If concerns remain about the caller's claims, verify the information with the appropriate law enforcement agency or court officials.

If you are or were a victim of phone or online scams authorities say you can file a complaint with the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.IC3.gov.

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