**URGENT: U.S. MARSHAL/LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER IMPERSONATION – PHONE SCAM**
February 2, 2018: The U.S. Marshals are warning the public of several nationwide imposter scams involving individuals claiming to be U.S. marshals, court officers, or other law enforcement officials. They urge people to report the call to their local U.S. Marshals Service Office and also the FTC.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has the ability to detect patterns of fraud from the information collected and share that data with law enforcement.
During these calls, scammers attempt to collect a fine in lieu of arrest for failing to report for jury duty or other offenses. The tell victims they can avoid arrest by purchasing a prepaid debit card or gift card and read the card number over the phone to satisfy the fine.
Things to remember:
- S. Marshals never ask for credit/debit/gift card numbers, wire transfers, or bank routing numbers.
- Don’t divulge personal or financial information to any unknown callers.
- You can remain anonymous when you report the call.
- Authenticate the call by calling the clerk of the court’s office of the U.S. District Court in your area and verify the court order given by the caller.