Federal law enforcement officials say they have received quite a bit of information regarding a telephone scam targeting Idahoans—including where the calls are coming from—but haven't been able to stop the illegal activity. Now they are warning the public to hang up on the scammers.
The U.S. Attorney's Office and the U.S. Marshals Service say the calls are coming from 208-252-6977 and the caller is identifying himself as "David Perry, a deputy U.S. marshal."
The self-styled U.S. marshal is directing citizens to call another number, 208-917-8141, but when when they are connected, callers are threatened with a federal arrest warrant if they do not pay a court settlement fine. Callers are then instructed to purchase a prepaid Visa or MasterCard and to provide the number.
U.S. marshals say their office does not notify people of arrest warrants by phone and it is a crime for an individual to falsely represent him- or herself as a federal official. In the meantime, the scam is under investigation by the U.S. Marshals Service in partnership with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.