U.S. Marshals, FBI urge public to report phone scams
TYLER, Texas (KWTX) –The U.S. Marshals and the FBI are alerting the public of several nationwide imposter scams involving individuals claiming to be U.S. marshals, court officers, or other law enforcement officials.
People are urged to report the calls their Local FBI office and file a consumer complaint with the Federal Trade Commission, which has the ability to detect patterns of fraud from the information collected and share that data with law enforcement.
During the latest series of calls, scammers identifying themselves as “Deputy John Garrison” (the name of the actual U.S. Marshal in the Eastern District of Texas) attempt to collect a fine in lieu of arrest due to a claim of identity theft, failing to report for jury duty or other offenses.
They then tell victims they can avoid arrest by withdrawing cash and transferring it to the government, purchasing a prepaid debit card such as a Green Dot card or gift card and read the card number over the phone to satisfy the fine, or by depositing cash into bitcoin ATMs.
Scammers use many tactics to sound and appear credible such as provide information like badge numbers, names of actual law enforcement officials and federal judges, along with courthouse addresses.
They may also spoof their phone numbers to appear on caller IDs as if they are calling from a government agency or the court when they actually are not.
Things to remember:
• U.S. MARSHALS WILL NEVER ask for credit/debit card/gift card numbers, wire transfers,…