The United States Marshals Service for the Northern District of West Virginia would like to inform the public of an ongoing phone scam, in which callers claim to be Deputy U.S. Marshals requesting money.
The calls have occurred over the past week to ten days and have taken place all over the state.
The callers tell the victim they either missed jury duty or are the subject of a criminal offense and need to make a payment in the form of a money order to have their warrants dismissed. The calls originate from both in state and out of state.
Victims have said the callers become verbally aggressive and somewhat threatening when questioned regarding the validity of their calls and claims.
“Deputy United States Marshals would never solicit payment of fines over the phone in the form of money orders or wire transfers,” said Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal Terry Moore. “Public contact with the United States Marshals Service while conducting our enforcement duties is always in person and well recognized by the citizenry.”