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U.S. marshals warn of scam spoofing official phones

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By: KIRO 7 News Staff

The U.S. Marshals Service in the Western District of Washington wants people to know about a spoofing phone scam.  

Scammers are spoofing the district office’s real number to get people to send them money, officials said.

Officials said during the calls, the scammers try to collect a fine in lieu of arresting an individual for failing to report for jury duty or another offense.

Then the trickster tells the victim they can avoid being arrested if a prepaid debit card, like Green Dot, is bought and the card’s numbers are read over the phone, satisfying the fine.

“We want people to know these calls are scams. The United States Marshals Service will never call the public to request sensitive information for any purpose,” said acting U.S. Marshal Jacob Green.

People who receive the calls or fall victim are being urged to report the calls to their local FBI office and the Federal Trade Commission.

Here are some things for the public to take note of: 

  • U.S. Marshals will never ask for credit/debit card/gift card numbers, wire transfers or bank routing numbers for any purpose. 
  • Don’t divulge personal or financial information to unknown callers. 
  • Report scam phone calls to your local FBI office and to the FTC. 
  • You can remain anonymous when you report. 
  • If a scammer provides a court order, 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. 

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