DALLAS, TX—The FBI Dallas Division is warning the public to be on alert for a phone scam that displays an FBI phone number on the caller ID. The scammer impersonates a government official and uses intimidation tactics to demand payment of money supposedly owed to the government. In some cases, university students are targeted and informed they owe delinquent student loan fees.
Recently, the FBI has received reports of a wave of phone scam attempts targeting citizens in Texas. Callers with foreign accents identify themselves as FBI agents, IRS agents, or other government officials and request immediate payment of unpaid taxes, delinquent fees, or other debt to the government. The caller often knows the name, background, and personal cell phone number of the intended victim. The originating number used by the callers is masked as the phone number for the FBI’s local office in Wichita Falls, TX – 940-766-4441.
The public is reminded the FBI, the IRS, and other law enforcement and government officials do not call private citizens requesting money. Such phone calls are fraudulent. Call recipients should hang up immediately and notify law enforcement.
The FBI strongly encourages anyone contacted by a caller who claims to work with the FBI to verify the information with the Dallas FBI Field Office at 972-559-5000. Contact information for other FBI field offices can be found at www.fbi.gov.
Individuals who have fallen victim to this type of scam are encouraged to file a complaint with the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center, https://www.ic3.gov.