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For Immediate Release

Contact:
September 23, 2016 Jeremy Rose, Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal
Southern District of Ohio (937) 225-2917
U.S. Marshals Warn Public of Warrant Scam

Dayton, OH - The U.S. Marshals Service is warning the public of a telephone scam involving a fraudulent caller contacting members of the public and alleging they have an active federal arrest warrant or bench warrant and demanding payment of fines.

On September 22nd and 23rd, the Dayton U.S. Marshals received information from several members of the public who were contacted from phone number 937-964-2422. In several instances the caller identified himself as Deputy Marshal Pete Elliott while in others he identified himself as Kevin Sizemore. The fraud attempt is concerning because the fraudster is using the name of Pete Elliott, who is the U.S. Marshal for the Northern District of Ohio and this can cause members of the public to believe the fraudster.

However, the U.S. Marshals Service wants the public to know this is a scam and if you receive any phone calls of this nature you should immediately contact your local authorities or search a telephone directory’s government pages to obtain a legitimate number for the nearest U.S. Marshals Service to verify the call. Additionally, the U.S. Marshals Service is a federal law enforcement agency and does not seek payment of fines or fees via the telephone and will never ask someone to go to a local store to get a prepaid credit card.

The U.S. Marshals Service urges individuals not to divulge personal or financial information to unknown callers and highly recommends the public report similar crimes to the FBI or their local police or Sheriff’s office if they are the victims of fraud. For internet related fraud, the FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center can be contacted at www.ic3.gov.

U.S. Marshals are the nation’s primary fugitive hunting organization and capture more fugitives each year than all other law enforcement agencies combined.

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

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