CLEVELAND, Ohio (WYTV) – The U.S. Marshals Service is warning of a phone scam in which a caller, posing as members of the U.S. Marshals, contacts people and alleges that they have a warrant for their arrest. The caller then demands the payment of fines.
The U.S. Marshals Service said several people reported receiving calls from phone number 937-964-2422. In several instances the caller identified himself as Deputy Marshal Pete Elliott while in others he identified himself as Kevin Sizemore.
Marshals said the fraud attempt is concerning because the fraudster is using the name of Pete Elliott, who is the U.S. Marshal for the Northern District of Ohio and this can cause members of the public to believe him.
The U.S. Marshals recommend contacting the local authorities or the U.S. Marshals Service to verify the call. The law enforcement agency says it does not seek payment of fines over the phone and will never ask someone to go to the store to get a prepaid credit card.
The U.S. Marshals Service also urges individuals not to divulge personal or financial information to unknown callers and to report such scams to the FBI, local police or Sheriff’s office. For internet related fraud, the FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center can be contacted at www.ic3.gov.