Fake Arrest Warrant Scam

scam-alert-picSome people  told me about this. One person said that the caller intimidated him by repeating his first name implying that he knew him personally. Another person told me that the caller knew where he worked.

No one seems to know how people are targeted, but now the U.S. Marshals are involved.

It is a scam that consists of contacting individuals and telling them that a federal warrant has been issued for their arrest. The perpetrator then asks to verify personal information and money to avoid arrest.

From the Press Release:

Federal District Courts around the country are reporting incidents of scam phone calls being placed indicating that fake arrest warrants have been issued. Individuals have been contacted through phone calls, e-mails and faxes indicating that a fake arrest warrant was issued in their name. A valid arrest warrant would not be served by phone, fax or e-mail. A valid arrest warrant is served in person by a U.S. Marshal or other law enforcement officer.

There have been reports that the offenders may ask for personal identifying information, money, money orders or prepaid cards to cancel or void the bench warrant.

The non-official warrants may display a logo of an unspecified “United States District Court,” a case number, and/or various charges. Typically, recipients are instructed to call a number to get a “settlement” or to wire money or provide prepaid cards to avoid arrest.

The offenders are stating that the fake warrants are for such offenses as missed jury duty, money laundering or bank fraud.

If you or someone you know has been contacted, contact the U.S. Marshals Service in your area and report “fake arrest warrant scam.”

The penalties for anyone demanding or obtaining money or anything of value while impersonating an officer or employee of the United States may be fined and/or imprisoned up to three years.

Posted on 07/14/2014, in Department of Justice, Potpourri and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. oh wow, I may have gotten a call like that.. (unless they really did find the bodies)

    Just KIDDING!

    Seriously a few months ago I kept getting calls with someone telling me they needed information to ‘pick me up’ for an arrest order.

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    • Mindyme, someone told me that they got a call on their cell phone threatening to arrest them unless they gave the person $2,000. They caller knew that the person had at least that much in their bank account. My friend is smart — said “arrest me.”

      Another person received a call saying that they owed a “payday” loan and if they didn’t pay it off within 24 hours, an arrest warrant would be issued.

      Both people had recently applied for mortgages. Seems to me that someone working for those companies give the personal info of others to the scam artists.

      A good thing — no sooner than I posted this article, someone Googled, searching for info because they had been emailed and threatened with arrest and wanted to know if it was legit.

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      • That’s very coincidental, knowing how much the person had in the bank. Good call, too funny on them telling the person to ‘arrest them’! HA!

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        • Mindyme, which is why I think that people working on the inside of businesses give the info to scam artists. With so many businesses going the way of call centers for customer service, the personal info of customers is not safe.

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  2. Two Florida Police Officers Off The Job After FBI Reportedly Links Them To KKK

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/david-borst-george-hunnewell-kkk-allegations

    Sanford city anyone?

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    • towerflower

      Not Sanford but Fruitland Park, but it is close to Sanford and in a neighboring county.

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      • Joseph Norton

        Tower I know the city I was asking if for any chances,,,,,,,,something similar is happening in Sandord USA?

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  3. Don’t worry African Americans!

    The scammers probably don’t accept EBT cards and food stamps.

    (Administrator’s Note: Scammers are those such as yourself who post gofundme pages to beg for donations.)

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  4. cfbostonbrian

    I remember when they used to have sweepstakes of random people winning something. They would call and a location was released to them. These are people that were wanted by the police department, or federal police departments. When they showed up, they were issued their arrest warrant.

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