The Nebraska Attorney General’s Office alerted Nebraska residents Tuesday of fraudulent automated calls from people who are posing as both the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Inspector General’s Office, as well as the Internal Revenue Service.The caller states “your Social Security number has been flagged for fraud” and requests an immediate call to (512) 937-2871 -- a Texas number. When this number is called, if there is no answer, the victim is advised the “Google subscriber is not available, please leave a message.”
Floydene Dressel of Hershey got one of those calls Monday. When she called the number back, a man said he was from the IRS. Speaking in broken English, he told Dressel she was wanted in Texas, because her SS number had been used by someone who had committed a crime.
The caller read Dressel her SS number and address, both of which was correct, and asked her to verify.
Dressel was inside a building where reception is not good. Before she replied, she lost the connection.
She called the Lincoln County sheriff's office, and was directed to an FBI reporting website. She filled out a report and printed off a copy.
Later Monday, Dressel got the call from Texas again. She again called the number and told the man, who she sounded like the one she talked to earlier, that she had reported him to law enforcement agencies who would call him.
He hung up.
Phone scammers often impersonate government officials in an attempt to coerce people into sending them money or stealing their personal information, Attorney General Doug Peterson said.
"Scammers are getting bolder, more creative and more aggressive," Peterson said. "They can mask their true identities to convince unsuspecting victims their demands for money or information are legitimate."
Regardless of their tactics, their goal is the same -- to trick you into losing your hard earned money. Do not yield to scammers’ threats and intimidation and do not fall prey to their demands, Peterson said.
To report a scam, please contact the Nebraska Consumer Protection Division at 800-727-6432 or file a complaint online at https://protectthegoodlife.nebraska.gov/report-scam.
You may also file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission at https://www.ftc.gov/faq/consumer-protection/submit-consumer-complaint-ftc.