FBI Boston warns of Government Impersonation Phone Scams

The FBI in Boston has seen an increase in reports of scammers targeting New Englanders claiming to be a government official.

The FBI says to be advised that federal agencies do not call or e-mail people threatening arrest or demanding money.

There are many versions of the government impersonation scam, and they all exploit intimidation tactics, according to FBI Boston.

“Typically, the caller advises the recipient of the call that charges have been, or soon will be, filed against them, and threatens to confiscate the recipient’s property, freeze their bank accounts, or have them arrested unless payment is made immediately, a FBI spokesperson said. “If the recipient questions the caller, the caller becomes more aggressive.”

The scammers say that it will cost thousands of dollars in fees or court costs to resolve the matter, and the scammer typically instructs people to wire “settlement” money or provide payment via prepaid cards or gift cards to avoid arrest.

If you think you are a victim of this scam and suffered a financial loss,  file a report with your local law enforcement agency and the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) at www.ic3.gov.

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