Phone scammers using real names of law enforcement officials

Posted at 4:35 PM, Jun 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-07 17:36:43-04

U.S. Marshals and the FBI are warning the public of multiple nationwide imposter scams involving individuals claiming to be U.S. marshals, court officers, or other law enforcement officials.

During these scams, imposters attempt to collect a fine for failing to report for jury duty or other offenses.

The scammers tell victims they can avoid arrest by purchasing prepaid debit cards such as a Green Dot card or a gift card and ask for the card information over the phone to satisfy the fine.

The scammers use many tactics to sound credible, including providing badge numbers of actual law enforcement officials. They may also appear on caller ID as if they are calling from the court or government agency.

U.S. marshals and FBI urge citizens to report the calls to their local FBI office and file a consumer complaint with the FTC.

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