It seems every day there is another scam warning.  So many are targeting our area. Local authorities are particularly warning of a convincing new scam that's sweeping through our area.

According to a press release from local officials here is how the scam works. Someone will call you claiming the be a US Marshal regarding a personal matter.  The call comes from this number: 325-718-2251. The call connects you to a robotic voice, and claims to be from a local Marshal office that isn't even occupied at this time.

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According to the Press Release from Precinct 4 Constable Randy Harris' office, the name of the US Marshal being used is from a person that retired some years back.  It is important if you get this call, do not give out any information.

Whenever you have doubts about whether a call reportedly from a US Marshal's office is legit or not, you can contact the U.S. Marshal's office at 206-370-8400. If you believe you have been a victim of a scam, report the incident to your local FBI office. Their number is 325-942-8588.

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You should also file a consumer complaint with the Federal Trade Commission which has the ability to detect patterns of fraud from the information collected and share that data with law enforcement.

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According to the Marshal's office, here are some things to remember directly the U.S. Marshal's Office Webpage:

  • U.S. Marshals will never ask for credit /debit card / gift card numbers, wire transfers, or bank information for any purpose.

  • Don’t divulge personal or financial information to unknown callers.

  • Report scam calls to your local FBI office and to the FTC.

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.

Be alert and when in doubt, don't give out, your personal information.

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