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FDLE: Scammers are spoofing agency's phone numbers

Posted at 8:56 AM, Sep 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-09 08:56:53-04

LEE COUNTY, Fla. – The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is trying to warn you about scammers trying to make it look like the agency is calling you.

Scammers may call threatening some sort of legal action, such as arrest or freezing of their social security number or bank account. The FDLE says the scammer may threaten legal action and demand immediate payment in gift cards or wire transfers.

That's not how the FDLE operates.

If you get a call like this, you can report it to the agency at (850) 410-7000.

Spoofing is when a caller makes it appear as though they are calling from a different number than they actually are. For example, a scammer calling from a different area code might spoof a local number to make their targets more likely to pick up. Scammers may also spoof publicly available numbers of law enforcement agencies or entities like the IRS to give credibility to their fraudulent threats.