GBI's main phone line 'spoofed'

DECATUR - The main phone number for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, (404) 244-2600, has been involved in an incident of "telephone spoofing," according to a post on the Bureau's website. 

According to the FCC, telephone spoofing is when a caller purposely changes the phone number that shows up on caller ID in order to disguise their identity. The FCC also says this is often done as an attempt to trick people into giving away personal information so it can be used in fraudulent activities or sold illegally. In this case, the phone number that would appear is (404) 244-2600.

The GBI says they have been dealing with this issue for about a month and that in many of the cases, the caller has claimed they are with the Bureau and they are collecting debts from the IRS or for college and that an arrest warrant will be issued if the person who received the call does not pay the fine. 

The GBI also says that they will never call to collect a fine. They advise to never conduct business over the phone unless you are the one who made the phone call and to never give out any credit card information to someone who has called you. 

The telephone spoofing is still under investigation and anyone who has had this happen to them or has information can contact GBI public affairs deputy director Nelly Miles at (404) 270-8332.

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