Note from Scotts Bluff County Sheriff’s Office:
We are forwarding this FBI Denver advisory because this phone scam is very common in our area. We have seen the same tactic used to spoof local law enforcement numbers. We have reports of significant losses by Scotts Bluff County residents whose caller ID showed the Sheriff’s Office number and the caller identified themselves with the accurate name of one of our Deputies. You cannot trust caller ID!
FBI Denver Advisory: The FBI Denver Division is warning the public of a recent phone scam that spoofs, or fraudulently displays, the FBI’s real telephone number on the victim’s caller ID. The scammer impersonates a government official and uses intimidation tactics, such as the threat of arrest, to demand payment of money purportedly owed to the government. These claims are false and the calls are not from the FBI.
The FBI Denver Division has seen its main number, (303) 629-7171, spoofed in this manner recently, as well as the numbers of its Resident Agencies, or satellite offices, throughout Colorado and Wyoming. Citizens nationwide have been targeted.