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U.S. Attorney’s Office Warns Residents About Scam Calls Demanding Money

Jan 3, 2023 Department of Justice

CLEVELAND  – The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Ohio is cautioning northern Ohio residents about a telephone spoofing campaign where the caller is portraying themselves as an attorney, representative, or law enforcement officer, and the phone number is showing as the Department of Justice or the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

During these calls, scammers may attempt to collect money from victims or threaten arrest or legal action.  These calls are bogus and an attempt to use a legitimate law enforcement number to obtain money from victims.

Scammers use many tactics to sound and appear credible.  They sometimes provide information like actual names of federal prosecutors and federal office addresses.  They also spoof their phone numbers to appear on caller IDs as if they are calling from a government agency such as the U.S. Attorney’s Office…