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Scammers targeting Oregonians by pretending to be FBI

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The FBI is warning Oregonians about a new phone scam that spoofs the FBI's phone number on the victim's caller ID.

According to the FBI, scammers will call and say the person has an unpaid ticket or owes money. The caller claims the person will be arrested if a fine is not paid.

The FBI said the phone number used by the scammer is "spoofed", meaning that it appears as if the call is being made from one of the FBI's Oregon offices.

The FBI would like to remind the public that they do not call private citizens requesting money. People should also limit the information they freely provide online, including on social media sites.

Here are some tips to protect yourself against fraud:

  • Never give out personal information to someone you did not initiate contact with.
  • Before signing up for a contest or e-mail distribution list, make sure the business has a policy not to share your information or sell it to a third party. 
  • Be leery of anyone you did not initiate contact with who asks for payment using a third party such as MoneyGram or GreenDot prepaid cards. 
  • Scammers count on your lack of knowledge, so take the time to educate yourself about any offer you receive. 

If you have received these types of calls, you can file a complaint through the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.IC3.gov.

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