The FBI has seen a recent increase in phone calls that spoof Bureau phone numbers as part of a fraud campaign. Most of this activity has taken place in the El Paso and West Texas area. The callers will “spoof” or fake an FBI office’s main phone number so the call appears to be coming from the FBI, then they impersonate an FBI agent. The caller then informs the victim they are the subject of an investigation and attempts to obtain sensitive data such as social security number and even banking information. In some cases, the criminal posing to be an agent will demand cash or gift cards. According to FBI reporting, over 12,000 people fell victim to government impersonation scams in 2020, with losses totaling more than $106 million.
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