U.s. Marshals Warn Against Dual Phone Scams

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  1. jasetaro

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    From Networkworld:

    The U.S Marshals are warning the public not to respond to two recent scams involving people fraudulently posing as Marshals making calls across the country.

    The first is a warning about a scam where the fraudster calls members of the public and alleging they, or their family members, have an active federal arrest warrant and demanding payment of fines.

    “Recently, there were reported attempts of a fraudulent caller who identified himself as a Deputy United States Marshal. This phony law enforcement officer informed the potential victims that warrants were being issued for them or their family member due to being absent from a federal grand jury they were previously summoned to appear before. The potential victims were then informed they could avoid arrest by paying a fine by electronic fund transfer or cashier’s check. The Marshals Service became aware of the scam after receiving information from several calls from alert citizens,” the service wrote.

    The U.S. Marshals Service is a federal law enforcement agency and does not seek payment of fines or fees via the telephone for individuals with outstanding arrest warrants, the service stated.
    The second scam follows a similar pattern where a caller claiming to be a U.S. marshal, court officer or other law enforcement official calls a potential victim seeking to collect a fine in lieu of arrest for failing to report for jury duty.

    You can read the official Marshal Service statements here: https://www.usmarshals.gov/news/chron/2017/022717b.htm and here: https://www.usmarshals.gov/news/chron/2017/030117.htm.

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