FBI warning of phone scams after Lincoln resident gets bilked
The scammer often requests personal information and demands fees to be paid immediately to avoid arrest, prosecution or financial harm, investigators said.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The FBI is warning the public about phone scammers pretending to be federal agents after a Lincoln resident was swindled out of more than $45,000 dollars.
Agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Sacramento Field Office began investigating following the incident in Placer County in June. In that incident, the Placer County Sheriff’s Office said a resident in Lincoln paid a scammer approximately $45,500 dollars.
According to investigators, the victim received an unsolicited call from the scammer who claimed to be an FBI agent. The scammer told the victim that their identity was being used in money laundering and drug smuggling operations, and that the only way they could avoid being prosecuted would be if they purchased gift cards from various stores and provide the card numbers.
“We want the communities we serve to know that the FBI will never place an unsolicited call to demand personal information or payment,” Special Agent in Charge Sean Ragan of the FBI Sacramento Field Office said.
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