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Portland police warn of phone scam

PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) – Police are issuing warnings about a phone scam that’s been reported in the Portland area.

A local woman told officers that she started getting calls from two different out-of-state numbers last week.

The person on the other end of the line allegedly told the 60-year-old that she had won a Mega Millions jackpot but claimed she had to pay $425 in taxes before she could collect the prize.

Officers said the victim was also asked to buy a prepaid cash card and give the caller the authentication numbers on the back.

The woman called the FTC, the FBI and Portland Police instead.

According to officers, the phone numbers associated with the scam, 876-419-6771 and 817-376-9326, are both currently under investigation with the FTC and Nigerian authorities.

Investigators familiar with the operation warn that the callers often make death threats if their targets don’t cooperate.

They recommend not answering the phone at all if Caller ID is available and shows a foreign area code.

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January 24, 2012 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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