FBI/US Marshal’s Service Warrant Scam
DATE & TIME: 02-04-2019 @ 10:00 am
LOCATION: Blue Springs, Nebraska
OFFENSE: FBI/US Marshal’s Service Warrant Scam
CASE #: 2019-0541
A resident of Blue Springs received a call from 832-224-2997 and a suspect with a foreign/Indian accent told her he was with the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) and had US Marshal’s with him. He said a vehicle had been recovered in Texas and there was blood, cocaine, and paperwork with her name and social security number on it. He stated this made her a suspect in the case and said a warrant had been issued for her, but if she cooperated (over the phone), he would “freeze” the warrant. She was told if the call was disconnected, it would be considered non-cooperation and they would proceed to arrest her.
She became suspicious when his supervisor also spoke with a foreign accent, however during the course of the phone call she did provide her social security number. She stated she believed them at first because they already knew her name and date of birth. However, as they continued to ask her for confirmation of her address, where and when her social security number was issued, and they would have to suspend her social security number and issue her another one, she became suspicious. She got off the phone and contacted a sergeant with the Gage County Sheriff’s Office, who advised her it was a scam and told her an investigator from the sheriff’s office would be following up.
The investigator contacted the victim and assured her there was no warrant, and learned she had already contacted the social security administration. He confirmed she had not given out any banking or financial information and urged her to contact her bank and work with their fraud investigators. She was also referred to the Gage County Sheriff’s Office website http://www.gagecountysheriff.us/index.jsp which provides a link to the Federal Trade Commission https://www.ftc.gov/ which provides additional reporting options and resources.
Local law enforcement and the Gage County Sheriff’s Office will assist residents in fraud, identity theft, and scam cases. If you receive a call from someone claiming to be a law enforcement officer, a legitimate officer will allow you to contact Southeast Communications (402-223-4080) or the local dispatch center to confirm their identity. If you have questions, call the Gage County Sheriff’s Office and ask to speak with an investigator.
Sheriff Millard “Gus” Gustafson #903
Investigator T. Hanson #90310
Sergeant B. Davidson #90322