FBI warning people of a current phone scam

RICHMOND, Va. (WAVY) – The Richmond division of the FBI is warning consumers to be on alert for a phone scam.

The bureau has received multiple tips that the scam involves someone calling and claiming to represent the U.S. government. The fraud threatens to arrest them if they fail to pay thousands of dollars. The number used in the scam often appears as a number for an FBI Field Office.

The public is reminded that the FBI does not call private citizens requesting money. If anyone receives a call that seems to be a scam, they should disconnect immediately and notify law enforcement.

The FBI also says that if you receive one of these calls, do the following:

  • Don’t follower the caller’s instructions
  • Notify your banking institutions.
  • Contact the three major credit bureaus and request an alert be put on your file.
  • Contact your local law enforcement agency if you feel you are in immediate danger.
  • File a complaint at http://www.IC3.gov.

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