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DHS Issues Warning on Hotline Spoofing Scam

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security issued a warning yesterday, saying that criminals have been using its hotline to steal personal information and commit identity theft.

The DHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) said perpetrators of the scam identify themselves as employees with “U.S. Immigration” and spoof caller ID systems to make it appear that the call is coming from the DHS OIG Hotline telephone number 1-800-323-8603.

“The scammers demand to obtain or verify personally identifiable information from their victims through various tactics, including by telling individuals that they are the victims of identity theft. Many of the scammers reportedly have pronounced accents,” DHS wrote.

DHS OIG went on to say, “we would like to remind the public that DHS OIG never uses its Hotline number to make outgoing calls — the phone line is only used to receive information from the public. Individuals should not answer calls purporting to be from 1-800-323-8603, and should never provide personal information during calls purporting to be from the DHS OIG Hotline.”

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