CBP warns of phone schemers impersonating agents

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HARLINGEN, Texas (KVEO)—U.S. Customs and Border Protection is warning residents about a phone scheme that targets residents nationwide in an attempt to gain banking information.

The agency said numerous residents have received calls from people posing as U.S. Border Patrol agents and U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers. 

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Residents are reporting the calls are a pre-recorded message stating, “a box of drugs and money being shipped has your (callers) name on it and it has been intercepted.” 

The caller is then instructed to press #1 to speak with a CBP Officer/Agent, which then attempts to get the callers banking information.

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CBP said the agency does not solicit money over the phone.

“We are thankful for the concerned residents who have reached out to us with this information so we can inform our family, friends, and community of this criminal intent,” said Director of Field Operations Christopher Perry. “I would just like everyone to remember, if you get a call stating they are CBP and asking for money to just hang up.”   

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Schemes can be reported online here.

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