Watch Out for the Fake Arrest Warrant Trick!
Authored by James V. Block
Watch Out for Fake Arrest Warrant Trick!
I received phone calls from individuals distressed and concerned about emails and faxes claiming to be from collection agents or prosecutors threatening arrest. They also provide a pdf of a phony arrest warrant if payment is not made immediately. The phony arrest warrant even uses a bogus logo. Do not fall for this trick!
The United States Courts noted that scammers have been using fake arrest warrants and bogus logos to defraud individuals. See the warning here http://www.uscourts.gov/news/2014/06/02/warning-arrest-warrant-scam
Valid warrants are served in person by a U.S. Marshal or law enforcement officer—not by fax or email. You may consider contacting an attorney to determine the authenticity of a warrant or contacting the clerk of court of the court the warrant was issued from. The United States District Court websites may be found here http://www.uscourts.gov/about-federal-courts/federal-courts-public/court-website-links
If you do receive a fake arrest warrant consider contacting the FBI or the district U.S. Marshals Office to report it.
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