The United States District Court for the District of New Mexico is issuing a warning about phone scams.
The U.S. court says phone scammers are calling pretending to be court personnel, asking victims to show up to court to pay fines or a warrant would be issued for their arrest. Other reports indicate victims being told to report to fake “field offices” to turn themselves in for crimes they’re accused of.
The scammers have been known to use official court phone numbers and actual names of court officials. The court also states callers will even provide fake badge numbers.
The U.S. District Court reminds the public that they will never assess a penalty or fine over the phone without having the person appear before a judge. People contacted by the scammers can also call the United States District Court at 505-348-2000 to confirm court matters in their name.
Anyone contacted in this scam should not provide any information or pay fines as requested by scammers. The U.S. District Court says if you are a victim of these scams to contact the FBI at 505-559-1300 and select option #1.