FBI Investigating New Fraud Schemes
July 28, 2014
The FBI warns of two similar fraud schemes targeting U.S. relatives of undocumented child immigrants who recently crossed the southern border.
Mollie Halpern: The FBI warns of two similar fraud schemes targeting U.S. relatives of undocumented child immigrants who recently crossed the southern border.
Michelle Lee: There’s a great deal of harm that is being caused by this fraud scheme.
Halpern: I’m Mollie Halpern of the Bureau and this is FBI, This Week. Scammers are calling victims demanding between $300 and $6,000 to cover fake travel and processing costs in order to reunite them with their children.
Lee: These are particularly vulnerable victims. In some cases we know that these are funds that the families would otherwise use for food and shelter and basic necessities.
Halpern: That was Special Agent Michelle Lee who says victims have been identified in at least a dozen states. The FBI and the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General are investigating. Lee says to be wary of solicitors…
Lee: Ensure that the payment they’re requesting has been authorized and that it’s a legitimate organization.
Halpern: If you think you’ve been scammed call your local FBI office.
Lee: With your help we may be able to put an end to these fraud schemes.
Halpern: For more ways to protect yourself visit www.fbi.gov
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