Scam Attempt using Government Phone Number (Caller ID Spoofing)
1. On 24 March 2016 at 09:15 AM, a 57 year old Mount Carmel man received a phone call from a man identifying himself as Mr. Smith. The caller told the intended victim he was an investigator with the Northumberland County District Attorney’s Office and demanded an immediate payment for an unresolved matter.
2. The caller did not realize that he called this same victim several months ago using another “spoofed” phone number and his voice was immediately recognized by the recipient of the todays call.
3 When the victim told Smith he knew this was a scam, Smith threatened to issue an immediate warrant for his arrest. The victim terminated the call and contact the District Attorney’s Office using the published phone number for this office.
4. In today’s case, the phone number appearing on the victim’s caller ID is a number currently in use by the Northumberland County Area Agency on Aging. This number appeared along with the words “Northumberland County” on the recipient’s caller ID screen.
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