If you get a call from the FBI about pending charges, it’s probably not the FBI

Generally speaking, the FBI doesn’t routinely call citizens and tell them they have charges impending against them, but that is just what scammers do to intimidate their victims.

According to unionleader.com, New Hampshire residents have lost more than $90,000 to these scams.  They can be terrifying, especially to the elderly.

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The scammers often call and say they are from the FBI or even Local Police Departments and demand the victims wire them money or send them gift cards, according to the news site.

Trust me, you can’t pay off your fines with Target gift cards.  Many people are easily fooled by angry callers and are scared.  Especially now that so many people are still isolated due to the pandemic.

These evil people prey on the most vulnerable of victims.

When In doubt, Contact the Authorities

 

Per reporting by unionleader.com, 38 victims of the fake FBI scam happened in New Hampshire.

The calls are affecting other states such as Maine, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island, the news site added.

Agent Joseph R. Bonavolonta, who is s special agent with the FBI in Boston, told the Union Leader: “Nobody wants to be the subject of a law enforcement investigation, and scammers are using that to their advantage to try and intimidate people into just handing over their hard-earned money.”

Check with your local authorities and report these calls if you get one.  If you know someone that is elderly or vulnerable, please reach out and warn them.

Better safe than sorry.

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