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U.S. Attorney’s Office Northern District of Florida warns of telephone scam

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Posted at 10:06 PM, Jun 23, 2022
and last updated 2022-06-23 22:06:45-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — The United States Attorney’s Office, Northern District of Florida and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are warning the public about a scam with people claiming to be associated with the FBI, the attorney’s office and law enforcement officials.

According to the news release provided by attorney’s office, during the calls, appearing to come from the Northern District United States Attorney’s Office telephone number, the imposters attempt to collect a fine in lieu of arrest purportedly related to a claim of human trafficking, or other similar offenses. The intended victims are advised they can avoid arrest by paying a monetary fine.

The attorney’s office notes the imposters appear credible by using badge numbers, names of actual law enforcement officials and physical courthouse addresses.

The scammers mimic real phone numbers from government agencies to trick prospective victims.

The attorney's office notes it will never call individuals about criminal investigations, ask about your financial information or request deposits via cryptocurrency like Bitcoin.

The attorney’s office notes, if you have been contacted or believe you were a victim of such a scam, you are encouraged to report the incident to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center and to the Federal Trade Commission.