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For Immediate Release

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March 18, 2019

Deputy U.S. Marshal Darren Lane
Western District of Missouri - Springfield (417) 353-5030
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U.S. Marshals Office of Public Affairs (703) 740-1699
U.S. Marshals Service Warns of Telephone Scam

Springfield, MO – U.S. Marshal Mark S. James, Western District of Missouri, wishes to warn the public about a telephone scam involving the U.S. Marshals Service name.

Since the beginning of March 2019, the United States Marshals Service in Springfield, Missouri has received multiple reports of a phone scam involving individuals claiming to be Deputy United States Marshals, or U.S. Marshals Service employees. These calls typically involve an individual identifying themselves as a Deputy U.S. Marshal, who then informs the victim that they have a warrant for their arrest. These bogus callers often go on to either solicit personal or identifying information from the victim, or to threaten the victim with fines and/or arrest.

U.S. Marshal Mark James wishes for the public to know that these calls, or calls of this nature, are fraudulent and represent an ongoing telephone scam involving the name of the U.S. Marshals Service. Frauds of this nature have appeared in various forms across the country, and usually involve the scammer attempting to solicit court costs or fines from the victim over the telephone. Persons receiving such a telephone call are urged not to provide any personal information to the caller—to include credit card information—and to not otherwise pay any fictitious fines. Victims are urged to end the call, and to file a complaint online with the FBI-Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) at website: www.IC3.gov.

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

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