(GRAND FORKS N.D.) PHONE SCAM ALERT: A new type of telephone scam is targeting residents nationwide in an attempt to gain banking information from unsuspecting residents #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Feb.28: U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents and officers nationwide are continuing to receive numerous calls from residents concerned about unsolicited calls from scammers posing as U.S. Border Patrol agents and U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers.

Phone Scam Tips

CBP Warns Residents of Phone Scam: Residents are reporting the calls are a pre-recorded message stating, “a box of drugs and money being shipped has your (callers) name on it and it has been intercepted.” The caller is then instructed to press #1 to speak with a CBP Officer/Agent, which then attempts to get the callers banking information and these calls are phone scams/phishing attempts and residents are urged to not provide the caller with any information’

The Department of Homeland Security and CBP does not solicit money over the phone: If such calls are received, people should make a note of the number and any other pertinent details about the call and immediately hang up, and report the incident if possible. Phone scams can be reported to the Federal Trade Commission online at https://reportfraud.ftc.gov/.

“I encourage everyone who receives one of these scam calls to report it,” said Grand Forks Sector Border Patrol Chief Anthony S. Good. “Remember to keep your personal information safe and just hang up when solicited by one of these scammers.”

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation’s borders at and between official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Feb.28: 2020:

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