Scotts Bluff County Sheriff heeds warning on scam of federal agency

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DENVER, Col. - (KNEP) - Scotts Bluff County Sheriff Mark Overman is warning residents of a scam that is using the Denver FBI Division.

The Bay County Sheriff's Office wants you to be aware of a scam going on in our area. (MGN Image)

Scammers are using the FBI Denver Division’s main number in an attempt to collect money. The scammers are often threatening to extort the victim with physical or financial harm and even possibly release sensitive data about the victim. In some instances, it is reported some victims are told a federal warrant is out for their arrest which would be dismissed in exchange for immediate payment to the caller.

Scammers often times know the full name, extensive background, birthday, family members and/or personal cell phone number of the intended victim. A lot of times, victims can be told their social security number has been compromised and linked to money laundering or that it had been used to open bank accounts.

The FBI and Scotts Bluff County Sheriff’s Office is reminding the public the Federal Agency doesn’t call private citizens to request money or threaten arrest.

To avoid becoming a victim, always be suspicious of unsolicited calls and never give money or personal information to someone you don’t know. Scammer count on your lack of knowledge so take the time to educate yourself about any offer you receive. But when in doubt, trust your instincts.

Scotts Bluff County Sheriff Mark Overman stated they have seen this kind of tactic used in the area with some residents reporting significant losses. A lot of times, the scammer is spoofing the Sheriff’s Office number and using the name of one of its deputies. Simply said, Sheriff Overman says do not trust the caller ID.