U.S. Marshals, FBI urge public: Report Phone Scams

Contributed By: The 411 News

Spoofers using government phone numbers, government employees' names, demanding payment

The United States Marshals Service (USMS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are alerting the public to several nationwide imposter scams involving individuals claiming to be representatives of the Marshals Service, court officers, or other law enforcement officials.

Northern District of Indiana – USMS Chief Mark Bertoncini is urging those contacted to report the calls to their local FBI office and file a consumer complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which has the ability to detect patterns of fraud from the information collected and share that data with law enforcement.

Bertoncini said scammers use many tactics to sound and appear credible, sometimes providing information like badge numbers, names of actual law enforcement officials, federal judges, and courthouse addresses.

Scammers may also spoof their phone numbers to appear on caller IDs as if they are calling from a government agency or the court.

Several residents in the Northern District of Indiana have reported having received calls from individuals claiming to be the “US Marshal” informing those called that their identity had been stolen and their bank account hacked.

The caller then instructs those called to go to their bank and withdraw funds from the account before they are frozen.

Those victims called are further told to purchase gift cards with their money and the “Marshal” would then put that money into a new account and issue them a new Social Security number. “This is all false and a scam. Be advised that the U.S. Marshal’s Service will not call and ask for any money or monetary instrument over the telephone,” Bertoncini said.

Nationally there have been many victims of these types of scams with losses in the tens of thousands of dollars. The U.S. Marshals Service receives inquiries daily from victims and potential victims of this very scam. The U.S. Marshal’s Service for the Northern District of Indiana is providing this information in an effort to alert the public to be aware of and on the lookout for these scams and the tactics used.

If you believe you were a victim of such a scam, you are encouraged to report the incident to your local FBI offices or to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). In the Northern District of Indiana, call (219) 937-5500

If you were contacted by someone claiming to be a U.S. Marshal or believe you are the victim of such scam, report that contact to the Federal Trade Commission at or to contact the Federal Bureau of Investigation at

Things to remember:
• The U.S. Marshals Service WILL NEVER ask for credit/debit card/gift card numbers, wire transfers, or bank routing numbers, or to make bitcoin deposits for any purpose.
• NEVER divulge personal or financial information to unknown callers.
• Report scam phone calls to your local FBI offices and to the FTC.
• You can remain anonymous when you report.
• You can authenticate the call by contacting the United States District Court Clerk’s in your area to verify the court order given by the caller.

The Department of Justice launched the National Elder Fraud Hotline, which provides services to seniors who may be victims of financial fraud. Case managers assist callers with reporting the suspected fraud to relevant agencies and by providing resources and referrals to other appropriate services as needed. The hotline’s toll free number is 833-FRAUD-11 (833-372-8311).

Story Posted:04/15/2024

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