SCAM ALERT- The US Marshals Service is issuing a warning about a new telephone scam in which scammers are claiming to be U.S. Marshals. When they call you, they will be telling you that you missed a Federal Grand Jury appearance. In order to not get arrested, they’ll tell you the only recourse is to pay a fine, on the phone. They’ll then ask you for payment information, which includes credit card or your bank account and routing numbers.
“This scam has been replicated in other cities in the state and around the country, and we want the public to be aware of this criminal activity”, stated U.S. Marshal of the Eastern District of Virginia Robert Mathieson.
The scam alert verifies that the U.S Marshal Service will NEVER call you to try and collect a fine. If you do get this call, be sure to report the caller to the FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center at ic3.gov.
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.
The U.S. Marshals Service urges individuals not to divulge personal or financial information to unknown callers and highly recommends the public report similar crimes to the FBI or their local police or Sheriff’s office if they are the victims of fraud. For internet related fraud, the FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center can be contacted at www.ic3.gov.
Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at usmarshals.gov.
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