Toledo, OH – The U.S. Marshals are alerting the public of a
current imposter scam involving individuals claiming to be U.S. Marshal
Peter Elliott. Scammers have been calling victims to explain they missed
court dates, have outstanding warrants, or failed to appear after being
served with subpoenas. No such subpoenas were ever served, and the
victims were not named in any court case. The scammers even have a
recording saying the caller has reached the Federal District Courts and
can be connected to the U.S. Marshals. These calls may appear to come
from number (419) 318-3768, but could appear as another number on a
Scammers use many tactics to sound credible. They
sometimes provide information like badge numbers, names of actual law
enforcement officials and federal judges, and courthouse addresses. They
may also spoof their phone numbers to appear on caller ID as if they are
calling from the court or a government agency.
If a citizen receives a potential scam phone
call, the US Marshals are urging the public to call the clerk of the
court’s office of the U.S. District Court in your area and verify the
court order. If an order does not exist, then it is likely the
individual is being scammed.
“The U.S. Marshals would never ask for a
credit/debit or gift card number, banking routing numbers, or ask for
funds to be wired for any purpose,” said US Marshal Pete Elliott. “If
the caller is urging you to provide this type of information or any
other personal or financial information, hang up and report the call to
the Marshals. You can even report anonymously.”Things to
U.S. Marshals will never ask for credit/debit
card/gift card numbers, wire transfers, or bank routing numbers for
Do not divulge personal or financial
information to unknown callers.
Report scam phone calls to your local
U.S. Marshals Service office
and to the
The U.S. Postal Inspectors can be reached at
(877) 876-2455, Option 4, if you feel you have been a victim of this
You can remain anonymous when you report.
Authenticate the call by calling the clerk of
the court’s office of the U.S. District Court in your area and
verify the court order given by the caller.
Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found
First Federal Law Enforcement Agency