The Cleveland Division of the FBI is issuing a warning to the greater North East Ohio community as an increase in reporting of financial scams coming in the form of phishing emails and phone calls. Scammers have tried multiple different tactics from acting as government officials, FBI agents, and representatives of the Department of Justice often threatening legal action if money is not sent to the caller. It should be noted that government agencies will never call an individual and demand money. In one targeted scam, a medical professional was asked to provide money, or the scammer threatened to take the individual’s medical license. The physician was sent faxes with Department of Justice logos entitled, “Federal Bond and Protocol Agreement” and that his bank accounts were comprised of money sent by drug dealers. Individuals should be wary of any phone, mail, or online solicitations demanding money. It is extremely difficult for law enforcement to recover funds from victims once they have been sent.
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