According to this email, a warrant has been issued for your arrest because you failed to pay a debt. The email, which purports to be from a US based law firm, warns that your Social Security Number and ‘income paychecks’ are about to be put on hold and you will be blacklisted from getting any job. But, claims the message, you can still avoid these impending legal actions by contacting the law firm and paying the debt within 48 hours.
However, the message is not from the named law firm and the threats it makes against you are without substance. In fact, the message is just a scam designed to trick people into sending their money to criminals.
These scam attempts take many forms and are quite common.
To make their claims seem more credible, the scam messages often use the names of real law firms and the lawyers who work there. Some, such as the example included below, are generic and are simply blasted out to large numbers of people in the hope of netting at least a few victims. Others are specifically targeted at individuals and include personal details about the potential victim such as his or her social security number and full name and address. The criminals may have collected this information via earlier scam attempts and publicly available records.
Often, the scammers claim to be acting on behalf of a payday loan company. People who have previously defaulted on a payday loan or have other unpaid debts may be vulnerable to these scam attempts, especially if their financial situation is in disarray, they do owe money to various debtors, and they have lost track of what money they owe to whom. The authoritative and threatening tone of these scam emails can be enough to panic some recipients into sending their money in the mistaken belief that they are are about to be arrested or will have to deal with other serious legal repercussions if they do not comply.
Criminals perpetrate such debt collection scams via phone as well as email. The phone scammers also threaten imminent arrest if the victim does not pay a supposed debt or fine immediately.
Subject: RE: ARREST WARRANT ISSUED!
CASE FILE NUMBER : ID-PLCEN 586424/467;
DUE AMOUNT: $647.74. This is [name of lawyer removed] from [name of law firm removed]
(——-) USA. This e-mail is to notify you that under IC3 (Internet Crime Complaint Center) we have Registered Case against you. We tried to contact you several times but it seems apparent that you have chosen to ignore all our efforts.
After sending the legal notice to your local Law Enforcement and your current employer, you will be blacklisted from getting any job. UNITED LEGAL INVESTIGATION BUREAU HAS STATED 3 SERIOUS ALLEGATIONS AGAINST YOU AND THEY ARE:
(1) VIOLATION OF FEDERAL BANKING REGULATION
(2) COLLATERAL CHECK FRAUD
(3) THEFT BY DECEPTION,
this means few things for you. If you are under any state probation or payroll we need you to inform your superior or manager what you have done in the past and what would be the consequences once the case has been downloaded and executed in your name. Through IRS (Internal Revenue Service) your Social security number will be put on hold causing severe damage to your credit history or credit report and your income paychecks will be put on hold.
Our primary job was to notify you about the case before we send you legal document in the mail because once this case gets registered then we won’t be able to help you out of court. Our client is least interested in getting the money at this point as they want to just go ahead and start taking legal actions, however we wanted to contact you and give you last chance to resolve this case out of court.If you want to take care of this out of court then contact us with payment within 48 hours and we will release the Clearance Certificate from the court. Our intention is not to threat you, it is only an effort from our-side to settle this case outside the court.IF YOU WANT TO RESOLVE THIS MATTER; DO REVERT US ASAP.
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Last updated: February 4, 2016
First published: February 4, 2016
By Brett M. Christensen
‘Outstanding Warrant’ Phone Scams