The U.S. Marshals along with the FBI have issued a new warning to the public about phone scams in which the scammers call their victims posing as various government agents such as U.S. Marshals, court officers or local law enforcement personnel telling the targeted victims that they have an arrest warrant out for them, have missed jury duty or have committed a crime for which they will be arrested, however, they are also told that they can avoid arrest by paying over the phone through a credit card or prepaid cash card, such as Green Dot cards. Through “spoofing” many scammers manipulate Caller ID to make it appear that the call is actually coming from a legitimate source, which makes the scam more believable, but it is still nothing more than a scam. You will never be called by any law enforcement agency demanding a payment over the phone.
You can never be sure when who is really calling you when you receive a phone call so you should never provide personal information to anyone who calls unless you have confirmed that the call is legitimate and it is necessary for you to provide that information. In addition, you will not be called by any law enforcement agency regarding outstanding warrants, missed jury duty or any other reason and asked to make a payment over the phone to avoid arrest by using a credit card, wire transfer or gift card.
Here is a link to the warning of the U.S. Marshals.
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