For Immediate Release
|January 23, 2018||
Brent Sheets, Supervisory Deputy U.S.
Western District of Texas - Midland Division (432) 416-0032;
USMS Office of Public Affairs (703) 740-1699
Marshals Telephone Scams Alert***
U.S. Marshals Urge Public to Report Phone Scams to FTC
– The U.S. Marshals are alerting the
public of several nationwide imposter scams involving individuals
claiming to be U.S. marshals, court officers, or other law enforcement
officials. They are urging people to report the calls not only to their
local U.S. Marshals Service office, but also to the Federal Trade
Commission. The FTC has the ability to detect patterns of fraud from the
information collected and share that data with law enforcement. The U.S.
Marshals hope the information collected by the FTC will lead to possible
arrests. During these calls, scammers attempt to collect a fine in lieu
of arrest for failing to report for jury duty or other offenses. They
then tell victims they can avoid arrest by purchasing a prepaid debit
card such as a Green Dot card or gift card and read the card number over
the phone to satisfy the fine.
Scammers use many tactics to sound credible. They sometimes provide information like badge numbers, names of actual law enforcement officials and federal judges, and courthouse addresses. They may also spoof their phone numbers to appear on caller ID as if they are calling from the court or a government agency. If you believe you were a victim of such a scam, you are encouraged to report the incident to your local U.S. Marshals Service office and to the FTC.
Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.
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