U.S. Marshals Service warns of new phone scam

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (WDTV) -- The United States Marshals Service for the Northern District of West Virginia is warning the public about a phone scam that involves callers falsely identifying themselves as Deputy U.S. Clerks.

Officials say reported calls began appearing over the last week. The callers say the victim has missed jury duty or is the subject of a federal criminal offense, and need to pay an amount with a prepaid card or money order to avoid further punishment.

Officials say those who received the calls reported the callers can become verbally aggressive and somewhat threatening when asked about the validity of the calls.

The U.S. Marshals Service is working with the U.S. District Court and the FBI to investigate the calls. If you receive one of these calls, you are asked to call the U.S. Marshals Service at 304-623-0486 Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.