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Phone scam trys to scare persons into sending money.

Attorney General Steve Six is cautioning Kansans about telephone calls from fake debt collectors who are impersonating law enforcement officers in an effort to extort money.  The caller often states they are collecting a debt related to an internet payday loan.   
The scam artists have most recently identified themselves as ACS, National Affidavit Processing Department and United Financial Crime Division, but may use other phony names. If you have phone ID, the phone numbers appearing on a consumer’s caller ID is not the actual number of where the call originated.  Investigators believe the call may actually be coming from outside the United States.  When questioned by those who have received the calls the individual calling refuses to disclose the full name or address of the collection agency they claim to represent. Six says the scam artists have given victims identifying information, including their social security number, home address, e-mail address, names of family members and their computer IP address. The caller telling the potential victim these items has led potential victims to find the call believeable.
If the caller is not successful in convincing potential victims into sending money; some have been contacted againwith the scammers posing as law enforcement officers or officers of the court.  The callers  threaten to arrest the potential victim with arrest for fraud or some other crime unless they agree to immediately wire money via Western Union.
Six says if you receive such a call, and believe it’s a scam, contact his office or local law enforcement immediately

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