Thursday, 25 February 2016

FBI warns of Phone Scam for MD state

FBI Warns US Citizens Being Targeted in Phone Scam

FBI SpringfieldFebruary 16, 2016

The FBI is warning citizens to be on alert for a phone scam 
that is targeting individuals while displaying the FBI’s 
telephone number on the recipient’s caller ID.

The FBI has received multiple calls complaining of a phone 
scam involving someone claiming to represent the U.S. 
government or even claiming to be FBI agents. In those 
cases, the caller advised the citizen of delinquent student 
loans or dues, delinquent taxes, or even overdue parking 
tickets. On occasion, the caller even threatens arrest. The 
scam artists are requesting the fees immediately being paid.
During each attempt to gain personally identifiable 
information from the recipient, the caller claims to have 
specific personal information. In addition, the originating 
telephone number used by the scammer is displayed or 
“spoofed” as that of the telephone number of an FBI field 
office.

The public is reminded that the FBI does not call private 
citizens requesting money and to never give out unsolicited 
requests for personal information to callers that you don’t 
know. Individuals receiving such calls can file a complaint 
through the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center 

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News Edited by:
Kanwal Abidi *Journalist & Political Analyst (063 News)

Information by:
Special Agent Marshall Stone (FBI)