BBB is warning folks about calls from scammers that pose as law enforcement then threated arrest or jail due to some vague reason. Sometimes the scammers identify themselves as federal agents, officers, law enforcement or from a “law” office. They inform the intended victim they are about to issue an arrest warrant, they are under investigation, or officers are nearby to make an arrest.
Sooner or later the scammers get around to informing the victim they can put a “hold” on the arrest, investigation, or fine by paying a fee via Green Dot money card or Western Union.
BBB recommends the following tips if your receive one of these scam phone calls:
The number and type of extortion scams are escalating. Foreign elements are using them to target Americans. Please help BBB inform others not to be frightened, intimidated and scammed into paying these crooks.