Fake Arrest Warrant Scam
Some 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.