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FBI scam alert, fraudulent arrest warrants issued

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The FBI is saying a new scam could soon be hitting Arizona. 

These arrest warrant scams have already been reported in several states from Ohio to Florida and they could soon be reaching out to residents here in Southern Arizona.

The U.S. Courts are issuing a warning, advising the public about a scam involving fraudulent arrest warrants.  The scam is that a person receives a warrant by fax or email saying a federal law enforcement officer or an attorney for the government wants to arrest them.  The fake warrant states the charges may be for money laundering, bank fraud or missed jury duty. 

According to the U.S. Courts the warrants may display a fake logo of the district court and instructs recipients to call a number to wire money and avoid arrest. 

Officials say a valid warrant would not be served by fax or email, it would be served in person by a U.S. Marshal or other law enforcement officer. 

For those who have received an email or fax like this, they are asked to contact the FBI or the U.S. Marshal Service.

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