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U.S. Customs & Border Protection warn of new phone scam

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Posted at 9:40 AM, Feb 05, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-05 09:40:02-05

(WXYZ) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection are warning people about a nationwide phone scam attempting to get victims' banking information.

According to CBP, agents have been getting numerous calls from people concerned about people posing as Border Patrol and CBP officers.

The calls are a pre-recorded message that says, " “a box of drugs and money being shipped has your (callers) name on it and it has been intercepted.” They are they told to press 1 and speak with an agent, who attempts to get banking info.

The Department of Homeland Security is reminding people they do not solicit money on the phone. People should note the number and hang u

Phone scams can be reported to the Federal Trade Commission online at https://reportfraud.ftc.gov/ [reportfraud.ftc.gov].

“We are thankful for the concerned residents who have reached out to us with this information so we can inform our family, friends, and community of this criminal intent,” said Director of Field Operations Christopher Perry. “I would just like everyone to remember, if you get a call stating they are CBP and asking for money to just hang up.”