Phone Scammers Getting Bolder

Phone Scammers Getting Bolder

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SUMMERDALE, Alabama -

For a brief moment, George Hinton and his wife thought they'd hit the jackpot!

A man identifying himself as an FBI agent told the Hinton's someone had filed a death notice in their names and tried to claim a one million dollar Publisher's Clearing House prize.

All the Hinton's needed to do to claim their money was to wire the agent three thousand dollars to a business in Mexico.

Hinton immediately knew it was too good to be true.

To make the call appear legitimate, the bogus FBI agent told the Hinton's to expect a phone call from the Summerdale Police Dept. where officers would back up the FBI agent's story.

Hinton called the police and reported the scam.

The scammers are downloading apps on their smart phones that can manipulate Caller ID> and make it appear the original call is real.

The Summerdale Police Dept. has notified the Alabama Attorney General's Office.

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