Fraudster using name of U.S. Marshal in bench warrant scam

CLEVELAND, Ohio — The U.S. Marshals Service is warning the public of a telephone scam in which the caller identifies himself as Pete Elliott, the U.S. Marshal for the Northern District of Ohio.

According to a press release, when the caller contacts members of the public, he alleges they have an active federal arrest warrant or bench warrant. They demand payment of fines.

The U.S. Marshals Service has received information from several residents who were contacted from phone number 937-964-2422.

In several instances, the release states, the caller identified himself as Elliott, while in others, he identified himself as Kevin Sizemore.

The U.S. Marshals Service says if any member of the public receives similar phone calls, they should contact local authorities.

The U.S. Marshals Service also says the agency does not seek payment of fines or fees over the phone. The agency never asks members of the public to go to a local store to get a prepaid credit card.

Anyone with information on the scam or on any wanted fugitive can call 1-866-492-6833.