Former FBI/CIA Head Issues Startling Scam Warning
(StraightNews.org) – Scammers are getting more creative and manipulative as they attempt to swindle people out of their money. However, some criminals failed to research their target before calling them. It turns out, Jamaican phone scammers targeted former FBI and CIA director William Webster and his wife, leading the former judge to issue a video warning message about elder scams.
On Tuesday, May 10, the FBI posted William Webster’s warning on YouTube. Webster, who is the only person to head both the FBI and CIA, reminded Americans scammers will target anyone, him and his wife being a prime example.
In Webster’s case, scammers told him he won the Jamaican lottery and needed to send the caller $50,000 in order to receive the lottery winnings. However, when he and his wife didn’t provide the demanded money, the calls got abusive. This is a typical tactic used by scammers to guilt their victims into forking over the cash.
The Communication Director for AARP, Alabama shared her gratitude for Webster’s warning:
Much appreciation to the Judge for sharing his story. He gave the commencement address at my college graduation many years ago while he was at the FBI.
Former FBI Director Airs Warning About Elder Fraud — FBI https://t.co/Mtb6lY1oln
— Jamie Harding (@jhardingAL) May 18, 2022
In Webster’s case, investigators were able to apprehend the phone scammer, who is now in jail. So, as always, stay vigilant about to whom you provide personal information, especially over the phone. When in doubt, ignore calls and emails from people you do not know, and never send them money. You are always the first defense to keeping you and your family safe.
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