Telephone Scams on the Rise

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San Antonio, TX – The U.S. Marshals Service is warning
the public of a telephone scam involving a fraudulent caller contacting
individuals, threatening arrest and demanding payment of fines.

Recently, there were reported attempts of a fraudulent caller who
identified himself as a Deputy United States Marshal. This phony law
enforcement officer informed the potential victims that arrest warrants
were being issued for them or their family member due to failure of
appearance in court. The potential victims were then informed they could
avoid arrest by paying a fine through electronic fund transfer or
cashier’s check. The Marshals Service became aware of the scam after
receiving several calls from concerned citizens.

“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 with
outstanding arrest warrants,” said U.S. Marshal Susan Pamerleau.
“Citizens should not divulge personal or financial information to
unknown callers.”

If you believe you are a victim of fraud, report the incident through
the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at
www.ic3.gov. Also, you
should report online, business or phone scams to the Federal Trade
Commission (FTC) immediately at
www.reportfraud.ftc.gov
.

Members of the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force (San Antonio):

  • New Braunfels Police Department

  • Bexar County Sheriff’s Office

  • Bexar County District Attorney’s Office

  • Texas Office of the Attorney General

  • Texas Department of Public Safety

  • Texas Department of Criminal Justice – Office
    of the Inspector General

  • Immigration & Customs Enforcement – Office of
    Detention & Removal

  • U.S. Marshals Service

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found
at http://www.usmarshals.gov.

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