The U.S. Attorney’s Office is urging Idaho residents to be on the lookout for phone scammers.
According to a USAO press release, a scammer has been impersonating a deputy U.S. Marshal to get money out of unsuspecting residents.
The reported scammer calls residents and threatens them with a pending arrest warrant. When residents return the call they are directed to an automated message and later a person who instructs the resident to avoid federal arrest by paying a fine with a prepaid Visa or MasterCard.
The USAO released a transcript of the bogus automated call victims are transferred to:
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“You have reached the U.S. Marshals Service serving the Northern District of Idaho. If this is an emergency, hang up and dial 911. If you have information regarding the whereabouts of an absconded fugitive please remain on the line for the next available deputy. For all other inquiries please listen closely because our menu options have recently changed. For warrants division, press 1; for civil processing division, press 2; for gang enforcement, press 3; for the officer in charge, press 4; for clerk of courts, press 5.”
“I urge everyone who receives this type of phone call to be very skeptical, or better yet, simply hang up the phone,” said Brian T. Underwood, United States Marshal for the District of Idaho in a statement. “This is not a typical way that the U.S. Marshals resolve warrant related matters.”
The USAO urged the public to hang up the phone if they get a similar call. Deputy U.S. Marshals or law enforcement officers serve arrest warrants in person — not over the phone, according to the release.
The reported phone scams are currently under investigation.