Influx in robo calls trying to scam you by threatening arrests

This week marks the 15th anniversary of the National Do Not Call registry.

The list, aimed at blocking unwelcome calls from telemarketers, received over 10 million phone numbers within the first four days. But, it only works for legitimate businesses. Scammers and con artists don’t have such rules to follow.

This voicemail was left for a KTRH employee:

“You will be taken under custody by the local police, as there are four serious allegations pressed on your name at this moment. We would request you to get back to us, so that we can discuss about this case before taking any legal action against you,” said the automated robocaller.

We called Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls who said he’s had someone posing from the IRS call him and it was a scam.

FYI—the IRS isn't going to call you, neither will a bank. Nehls said neither will any law enforcement across the nation.

“The individuals are pretty clever because they will find a name of one our detectives and refer to that individual with the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office,” said Nehls. “These numbers, too, will look like they’re local numbers. But, quite honestly the individual calling could be sitting in his underwear in another country making those phone calls.”

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