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Suspected phone scams are increasing in the region

They say you owe them money but officials say it's a scam.

Officials with the Attorney's Generals Office say scammers are calling folks across the region claiming to be government and medical officials.

For suspected scammers, it only takes one phone call
to rack in hundreds of your hard-earned dollars.

Brian O'Brien of Bell County recently received a call from a Dallas area code.

O'Brien says he immediately sensed he was being scammed.

O'Brien spoke with the company three different times and each time the company came up with a new reason that he owed them money.

Government employees say many people actually buy into the scammers' scheme because of how much information they already have.

Officials with the AG's Office say the companies do have some information on the people theyre calling, like the last few digits of their social security number and bank routing number.

They say to never give out your private information over the phone.

If the phone call seems sketchy-- simply hang up--because it could be a scam.

Always ask for a number where you can call them back and look up that number to see if it's associated with a legitimate company.

Be careful with any transaction that you do online and make sure it is done on a secure site.

Report any suspected scams to the Federal Trade Commission or Better Business Bureau.


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