A federal sheriff in the northern district of Ohio said there was a surge in calls from fraudsters who claimed to be law enforcement agencies.

The office said there were several poster scams involving people claiming to be US marshals, court officials, and county sheriffs’ agents.

The Federal Attorney’s Office for Northern Ohio and the United States Postal Inspection Service are investigating a case in which a fraudster claimed to be Marshal Pete Elliott in Northern Ohio.

According to a US Marshals Service news release, fraudsters are calling victims to explain that they missed the court date after receiving the subpoena. No such subpoena has ever been provided and the victim has not been nominated in any proceedings. In this case, the fraudster used a published PDF form to list the fictitious court issues.

These scammers instructed victims to buy prepaid debit cards to pay the fictitious fines they faced for not appearing in court. According to a…

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