SAN ANTONIO – The U.S. Marshals Service is warning of a caller pretending to be a deputy marshal and threatening people with arrests if they don’t pay up.
The agency has received several calls from citizens reporting the fake deputy, according to the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force.
The fraudulent caller identifies himself as a deputy and then tells people that arrest warrants have been issued for them or relatives due to failure to appear in court.
The victims are then told they can avoid arrest by paying a fine through an electronic fund transfer or cashier’s check.
The U.S. Marshals Office said deputies will not call people with outstanding arrest warrants for payment.
“The U.S. Marshals Service is a federal law enforcement agency and does not seek payment of fines or fees via the telephone for individuals with outstanding arrest warrants,” U.S. Marshal Susan Pamerleau said in a news release. “Citizens should not divulge personal or financial…