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Court marshals warn of phone scam

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Henderson, NV. -- Henderson Police said scammers are posing as city marshal services to get money from people. Authorities said crooks are randomly calling people, identifying themselves as court marshals, accusing people of missing a jury summons and telling them they face a fine. 

Police said there are a number of things wrong with the scenario and they don't want individuals to get fooled.

The Henderson Municipal Court typically handles less serious crimes like noise complaints and traffic tickets, the kind of cases that don’t require a jury. Most of the courtrooms don't even have jury boxes, so when this scam popped up it raised a lot of red flags with the court marshal.

Chief court marshal Jon Montisano said his office is aware of a person pretending to be a Henderson Court Marshal over the phone.

"I think what people were doing was taking parts of what we do and trying to capitalize on it,” Montisano said. "They said they were with the Henderson Marshal's service, they had missed this jury summons and they now needed to pay a fine."

Henderson Police said two separate reports came in over the weekend.

In each case, people reported a male caller asked for the money over the phone to clear the fine.

Montisano said while marshals might call someone about an outstanding warrant, they'll never ask for money or try to take payment over the phone.

"We never do take payments, we don't solicit cash, We don't solicit credit card numbers or anything like that over the phone,” Montisano said.

Police said the scammer is hard to track down because the caller used an untraceable cell phone. The phone number has already been disconnected police said if you get a similar call, contact the authorities.

The marshal's office added the scammer used a variety of names and the amount of the fake fine varied.

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