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US Marshals Get New Tools For Anonymous Tips

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DETROIT (WWJ/AP) - The U.S. Marshals Detroit Fugitive Apprehension Team has new tools to help track down fugitives.

Officials announced this week that the team now may receive anonymous tips via text message or online. Tipsters previously were limited to calling the 866-4WANTED hotline.

The tipster and the tipster’s phone number remain anonymous to law enforcement, unless the tipster chooses to be identified.

Tipsters may text the keyword “DFAT” and the tip to 847411 (tip411). Investigators will be able to view the tip and send a text message back to the tipster to ask for follow-up information.

Regular text fees will apply based on the tipster’s phone service plan.

Online tips may be made via the U.S. Marshals website at www.usmarshals.gov.

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