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FBI warns of scammers posing as agents

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The Omaha Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigations is warning of scammers making phone calls and posing as FBI employees.

Special Agent in Charge Thomas R. Metz of the FBI, Omaha Division, says the scammers identify themselves as FBI employees and advise the recipient of the call they are eligible for grants from the federal government. The caller then asks for credit card or bank account information to pay the processing fees. The Omaha Division's phone number also comes up in the caller ID.

 Metz says the FBI is not associated with providing grants to individuals or organizations.

The FBI says you should following some simple tips avoid becoming a victim of a scam.
- Scammers count on your lack of knowledge, so take the time to educate yourself about any offer you receive.
- Don’t be pushed into a hasty decision.
- Don’t provide financial information over the phone to unfamiliar companies or agencies.
- Fraudulent telemarketers understand human nature – we all want to believe that it’s our lucky day, that we can get a great deal, or that we can solve our  financial problems.
- It’s illegal for telemarketers to ask for a fee up front.
- If you receive one of these calls, please remember that when you send money to people you do not know personally or give personal or financial information to unknown callers, you increase your chances of becoming a victim of telemarketing fraud.
- If you have information about a fraud, report it to a state, local, or federal law enforcement agency. You may call the Omaha Field Office of the FBI at 402-493-8688.

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