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Phone Scam Involves Imposters Claiming to be U.S. Marshals and CBP Agents

By Tom Marino | November 29, 2023
Last Updated: November 29, 2023

BOSTON – The U.S. Marshals Service in the District of Massachusetts has issued a warning about a telephone scam involving fraudsters who falsely claim to be working with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the U.S. Marshals Service. These imposters, using information gathered from public sources, contact victims and falsely assert that a package linked to the victim, containing illicit drugs or weapons, was intercepted at the Texas border. The scam involves an elaborate scheme to gain the victim’s trust to access sensitive bank account information.

Adding to the deceit, the scammers implement a technique called “spoofing” where they manipulate caller ID systems. This tactic makes it appear as though the call is coming from the U.S. Marshals Office in Boston, displaying the actual phone number (617) 748-2500. The callers then falsely identify themselves as U.S. Marshal Brian Kyes of the District of Massachusetts, making fraudulent demands for confidential bank information.

The public is advised to be cautious of such calls and to verify the identity of any caller claiming to be from a federal law enforcement agency. If anyone receives such a call, they should not divulge personal or financial information and are encouraged to report the incident to the appropriate authorities.

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