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BBB warns of phone scam by caller claiming to be FBI

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

There's a new scam warning from the Better Business Bureau, which says cons are posing as FBI agents to scare you out of your hard-earned money.

If you have caller ID on your phone, the call pops up as "federal investigations." The scammer on the other end then claims to be an FBI agent who's monitoring you and says you have an overdue payday loan.

The scam kicks in when the fake FBI agent tells you to wire money to him or put it on a prepaid debit card.

If you resist, the scammer claims to have your personal information, including your Social Security number, and knows where you work.

So, what should you do if you're targeted by a scam like this? The BBB suggests you hang up and don't call back.

Call your local police department if you feel threatened.

And don't believe the caller ID. Scammers have easy access to technology that can change what you see when they call.

Lastly, don't trust anyone who wants you to transfer money using wire services or prepaid debit cards. They can't be traced and are easy ways for scammers to bilk your money.

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