Beware of 208-391-5870: Idaho Phone Scam Threatening Arrests 

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  • U.S. Department of Justice

The U.S. Attorney's Office and U.S. Marshals Service have issued an alert about a phone scam threatening Idahoans with arrest.

According to law enforcement, a number of Idaho residents have received phone calls from the following number: 208-391-5870. According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, the fraudulent caller has been claiming to be a deputy U.S. marshal and demanding citizens post bond after failing to appear for a federal jury summons or risk arrest.

The marshals office said a valid arrest warrant would only be served in person and officers do not notify people of arrest warrants over the phone.

"I urge everyone who receives this type of phone call to be very skeptical, or better yet, simply hang up the phone," said Brian Underwood, U.S. marshal for the District of Idaho.

It's a crime for an individual to falsely represent himself or herself as a federal official or deputy U.S. marshal. The Federal Bureau of Investigation has been called in to assist the U.S. Marshals Service in investigating the Idaho scam.
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