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U.S. Attorneys office warns of a new scam


The U.S. Attorneys office has been made aware of still another scam targeting mainly the elderly. U.S. Attorney Stephen J. Cox warned, individuals, claiming to represent the Department of Justice, have been calling citizens to get their personal information, These criminal scammers falsely represent themselves as a Department of Justice investigator or employee and attempt to obtain personal information from the call victim or they leave a voicemail with a return phone number.  The return phone number then directs users to a fake justice department’s phone number.  Eventually a so called investigator gets on the line. Then the scam begins with an attempts to gain the victim personal information.  Most often the attempt seems to target the elderly. The Department of Justice said they work to hold criminals accountable and to protect victims.  U.S. Attorney Stephen J. Cox, added, to never share personal or financial information in response to an unsolicited phone call. Those who receive these calls are encouraged to report these scams to the Federal Trade Commission via their website or by dialing toll free 877- FTC-HELP that’s 877-382-4357. Such fraud can also be reported to the FBI for action. The hotline is open seven days a week. For more information about the hotline, please visit stopelderfraud.ovc.ojp.gov .



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