Even the state’s top investigative agency isn’t immune to those sketchy phone number spoofing scams.
State Bureau of Investigation leaders say someone is using the bureau’s main phone number, 919-662-4500, to scam people out of money.
The SBI primarily provides criminal investigation assistance to local law enforcement and has jurisdiction in a number of other areas, such as arson, gambling, and certain crimes against children.
But like others involved in similar scams, the SBI says it would never ask for money from a private citizen.
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“Unfortunately there is no way to prevent spoofing of a phone number,” said SBI Assistant Director Chris Laws. “In the event you receive such a call, simply hang up.”