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FBI: Federal agencies do not call or email demanding money

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VANCOUVER, WA (KPTV) -

The FBI office in Vancouver is receiving multiple reports daily from people who are receiving scam calls that appear to be coming from the FBI.

The intended victims described the repeated calls as "odd," such as the callers claiming a formal complaint has been lodged against a person's daughter.

The FBI said the scammers are likely grooming call recipients, as they try to cultivate fear in their victims so they can demand money.

The scammers are reported to have thick foreign accents and become angry if their legitimacy is questioned.

Federal agencies do not call or email individuals, threatening them to send money, according to an FBI statement.

People in Vancouver should be aware that the scam phone call may appear on their caller ID as number 360-695-5661 or display "FBI" as the caller label.

In February 2015, the FBI's office in Vancouver started receiving reports of its number being copied. Reports have now risen to an average of four reports a day.

The FBI does occasionally contact people over the phone. However, FBI employees leave a message with a full name and contact information.

If someone receives a call claiming to be from the FBI, ask for the caller's full name and field office. Then call the field office directly and ask to speak to that person.  

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