The FBI’s Louisville field office is warning Kentuckians of a new phone scam that “spoofs” the government agency’s number onto the victim’s caller ID.
The voice on the other end of the line will claim to be an FBI agent or someone with another government agency before demanding payment for “a school loan, tax violation or even parking tickets,” an FBI release Thursday said.
“The public is reminded the FBI does not call private citizens requesting money or threatening arrest,” Howard S. Marshall, special agent in charge of the Louisville FBI Field Office, said in the release. The number for the Louisville field office has been “spoofed” as part of the current scam.
The main telephone number for the Louisville FBI, which covers all of Kentucky, is 502-263-6000.
Victims of phone or online scams can file an online complaint with the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center.