The U.S. Marshals Service is warning the public of a telephone scam alleging an active federal arrest warrant or bench warrant has been issued and demanding immediate payment.



This scam is similar to others that utilize a fear tactic. Similarly, the IRS and other governmental agencies do not call consumers to demand payment.



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The U.S. Marshal's Office has received several reports of the scam, coming from various area codes, including the Cleveland area. The agency is investigating the case as a federal impersonation of an officer.



Authorities remind consumers not to divulge personal or financial information to unknown callers.



Anyone contacted by the scam is encouraged to call 866-4-WANTED or 216-522-2150.