US marshals warn of crafty cellphone rip-off affecting Mainers

Cellphone scammers impersonating U.S. marshals and different federal officers have been intimidating Mainers for the previous two weeks.

These scammers threaten victims with arrest, seizure of property and different penalties in the event that they don’t pay a high-quality or publish bond, the U.S. Marshals Service in Maine warned in a press launch Friday. Scammers have been reciting publicly out there info on their potential victims, comparable to earlier addresses or cellphone numbers, to seem reputable, in keeping with the Service.

Scammers might also spoof their caller IDs and supply fictitious info comparable to badge numbers, case numbers and names of regulation enforcement officers, the U.S. Marshals Service stated.