The U.S. Marshals Service for the Eastern District of Tennessee is alerting citizens of a nationwide upsurge of scams in which callers pose as U.S. Marshals or U.S. Marshals Service employees and threaten to arrest or demand financial information for a variety of alleged crimes. 

Scammers pressure citizens to provide confidential data, which could potentially lead to identity theft and fraud. 

The calls, which threaten recipients with fines and jail time if they do not comply, are fraudulent and are not connected with the U.S. Marshals Service. 

“U.S. Marshals or other federal court employees will never contact someone to demand payment or personal information over the phone,” said David Jolley, U.S. Marshal for the Eastern District of Tennessee. “While these callers may sound legitimate, we urge people to question the validity of their claims and to never provide financial data or personal information over the phone.” 

The U.S. Marshals Service urges people to report the calls to their local FBI office and file a 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. 

Tips from the U.S. Marshals Service:

  • U.S. Marshals will never ask for credit/debit card/gift card numbers, wire transfers, or bank routing numbers for any purpose.
  • Do not divulge personal or financial information to unknown callers.
  • You can remain anonymous when filing a consumer complaint with the Federal Trade Commission.
  • Authenticate the call by calling the agency the caller said they represented.