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BBB and FBI Says Phone Scammers Target 3 Groups

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Authorities say phone scammers are hitting our area.

A simple phone call could cost you hundreds of dollars.

"They will use the intimidating factor, law enforcement, Federal Bureau Investigation (FBI) that you may have committed a crime,” said FBI Shelley Lynch.

In one call, authorities say a man pretends to be a cop - he left a voice mail urging the caller to provide their social security number. And says there could be legal consequences if they don't call back.

"This is Officer Stanley Lewis calling from the Bureau of Crime Investigation Department. The reason for the call is this morning we received a complaint against you and your SSN. As soon as you get this message, please call me back. There will be legal consequences. Don't try to disregard this message."

"In this case, the bureau of crime department doesn't exist. If you think what they are telling you is legit, ask for info like their name, phone, their agency's website so you can verify it,” said Lynch.

We tried calling the 9-1-0 area code number but did not get a response.

"Don't call back and let law enforcement know about this,” said BBB spokesperson, Maryanne Dailey.

The BBB says telemarketing fraud comes at a hefty price tag - $40 billion. They say scammers typically target the elderly, veterans and Latinos.

"You should never I’ve anyone your personal information - if someone calls for your SSN, bank account, you don't want to give that over the phone,” said Lynch.

"You would not let a stranger walk into your home and open the door to your house so you should never let a stranger to your financial information,” said Dailey.

"If you wire someone money, it's like giving them cash and you can't get it back," said Lynch.

If you've been scammed, you can file a complaint with the internet crimes complaint center, the attorney general's office, the better business bureau and your local police department.

Now there's even a smart phone app you can download to find out about the latest scams in your area -it's free and it's called scam detect and it tells you about the latest types of scams.

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