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April 26, 2022

Phone scam threatening arrests

cybersecurity tip of the week

The Massachusetts State Police Commonwealth Fusion Center reports a phone phishing scam in which criminals claim to be U.S. Marshals and threaten arrest, jail time, or fines for fictional, outstanding warrants or fees.

Victims are asked for account numbers, PINs, or to transfer money to digital wallets. Scammers use legitimate-sounding information such as badge or case numbers and names of law enforcement officials or federal judges. They may spoof the caller ID to appear to be a government facility or courthouse.

The United States Marshals Service or any government or law enforcement entity will never ask for credit card numbers, wire transfers, or other financial or personal information over the phone. If you receive such a call, hang up immediately and block the number on your cell phone and report the call to your local police department.

See our CTR Cyber page for cybersecurity internal controls including our guidance from the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency on ransomware preparedness. Please contact [email protected] with any incidents or suspected incidents of fraud or cyber threats or if you need support from our Statewide Risk Management Team.