Senior Citizens in Texas are being targeted by scammers posing as FBI agents.

Who Is It Targeting: Senior Citizens in Texas

What It Is: Senior citizens are being targeted by scammers who are posing as FBI agents.  The scammers are calling the targeted individuals and claiming that they have won a lottery and need to pay taxes on the winnings before they can receive them. Victims report that the callers have foreign accents and are asking that the money be sent through wire transfer before the winnings will be released. The number which comes up on caller ID may be spoofed to show that the number belongs to the FBI in Washington.

What Are They After: Wire Transfers

How Can You Avoid It:  This scam has a lot of red flags including a phone call asking for a wire transfer, lotteries with pre-payment requirements and callers posing as law enforcement. If you receive a phone call claiming that you have won a lottery and must pay to get your winnings, simply hang up. If they call back do not answer. In addition, the FBI asks that if you experience someone impersonating an FBI officer that you report it by calling the FBI office in Dallas at 972-559-5000. If you believe that you may have given the scammers personal information, call and speak to a Victim Advisor at the Identity Theft Resource Center for free help at 888.400.5530.

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