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For Immediate Release

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July 24, 2014 DUSM James Badway, District of New Mexico (505) 462-2333
U.S. Marshals Service Warns Public About Scam

Albuquerque, NM – The United States Marshals Service is alerting the public to the fact that someone in the Albuquerque and Santa Fe areas is attempting to defraud the public by impersonating Deputy U.S. Marshals. U.S. Marshals in New Mexico were advised several times today that calls are being made where the caller has identified himself as a U.S. Marshal and asks the public for money. The scam involves the caller trying to get the public to pay a fine with a credit card, or send money for a loved one that is incarcerated and needs bond/bail money. On one occasion, the caller stated that back taxes were owed and fines needed to be paid immediately over the phone.

The Marshals Service wants the public to know that Marshals are not placing any calls asking for money and would never ask the public to pay fines over the phone. The New Mexico Attorney General’s Office (NMAGO) Consumer Protection Division has been advised of the situation and is working on Public Service Announcements. If you believe you have been scammed please contact the NMAGO at 1-800-678-1508 or http://www.nmag.gov/consumer/scam-alerts.

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.

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