Cleveland -- The U.S. Marshals Service is warning the public of a telephone scam involving a caller contacting members of the public and alleging they have an active federal arrest or bench warrant and demanding payment of fines.
The U.S. Marshals Service received information from several members of the public who were contacted 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."
The fraud attempt is concerning because the caller is using the name of Peter Elliott, the U.S. Marshal for the Northern District of Ohio. This could cause members of the public to believe the caller.
The U.S. Marshals Service wants the public to know this is a scam. If you receive any phone calls of this nature, you should immediately contact your local authorities or search a telephone directory's government pages to obtain a legitimate number for the nearest U.S. Marshals Service to verify the call.
Additionally, the U.S. Marshals Service is a federal law enforcement agency and does not seek payment of fines or fees via the telephone and will never ask someone to go to a local store to get a prepaid credit card.
The U.S. Marshals Service urges individuals not to divulge personal or financial information to unknown callers and highly recommends the public report similar crimes to the FBI or their local police or sheriff's office if they are the victims of fraud. For internet related fraud, the FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center can be contacted at www.ic3.gov.