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FBI Warns about Texas phone fraud scheme

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Published: Feb. 24, 2017 at 2:03 PM CST
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The FBI is warning about a telephone fraud scheme in Texas that involves spoofing an FBI office phone number and callers who demand unpaid taxes or fines.

The scheme targets Texas residents including those attending the University of Texas in Austin, the FBI said.

The FBI has received an increasing number of reports of incidents in which scammers who identify themselves as FBI agents, IRS agents or other government officials request immediate payment of unpaid taxes, delinquent fees, or other government debt, the bureau said.

“The caller uses intimidation tactics to demand payment of money supposedly owed to the government. The caller often knows the name, background and personal cell phone number of the intended victim,” the FBI said in a press release Friday.

The originating number used by the callers is masked as (940) 766-4441, which is the phone number for the FBI’s office in Wichita Falls.

The FBI is asking residents who receive such calls to file a complaint with the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center.

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