U.S. Marshals issues warning about scammers
The U.S. Marshals are alerting the public of several nationwide imposters who claim to be U.S Marshals, court officers, or other law enforcement officials.
During these calls, officials say that scammers attempt to collect a fine due to failing to report for jury duty or other offenses. The scammers also say that victims can avoid arrest by purchasing a prepaid debit card such as a Green Dot card or a gift card and to read the card number over the phone in order to pay the fine.
"The U.S. Marshals would never ask for a credit/debit or gift card number, banking routing numbers, or ask for funds to be wired for any purpose," said US Marshal Pete Elliott. "If the caller is urging you to provide this type of information or any other personal or financial information, hang up and report the call to the Marshals and the FTC. You can even report to both agencies anonymously."
Scammers may also attempt to provide information like badge numbers, name of actual law enforcement officials and federal judges or courthouse addresses.
Officials are urging people to report these calls to their local U.S Marshals service office and the Federal Trade Commission.
The FTC has the ability to detect patterns of fraud from the information collected and share data with law enforcement.