Criminal Justice

Arrest-warrant scam invokes federal courts

Federal court officials are warning of a scam emails and faxes that warn of an impending arrest that can be avoided by payment of money.

The emailed or faxed documents appear to be arrest warrants, according to the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts. They may display a “United States District Court” logo, a case number, and charges such as money laundering, bank fraud or missed jury duty.

The use of a federal courts logo is another variation on a scam in which the perpetrator impersonates local police officers threatening to arrest those who don’t show up for jury duty. A Florida woman paid $13,000 to scammers impersonating a sheriff’s deputy seeking to arrest her for missing jury duty.

The federal courts website warns that says federal arrest warrants are never served by fax or e-mail.

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