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Department of Justice warns of scam targeting elderly citizens

The scammers are posing as "investigators" and attempting to obtain personal information from the recipient of the call.
Credit: KWES

WASHINGTON D.C., DC — The Office of Justice Programs’ Office for Victims of Crime is warning the public about a scam going around that has been targeting the elderly.

Multiple reports have been made of people claiming to represent the Department of Justice.

The scammers are posing as "investigators" and attempting to obtain personal information from the recipient of the call.

The scammers may also leave a voice mail with a return phone number. When calling that number, the recorded menu matches that of the department's main phone number.

If you or someone you know receives a call like this, you are encouraged not to provide personal information and to report these scams to the FTC.

You can do this by calling 877-382-4357 or going to their website. You can also report it to the FBI online.

The National Elder Hotline (833-372-8311) is also a resource to help those over 60 report fraud and possibly increase the likelihood of recovering losses.