FBI scam surfaces locally

Published 5:48 pm Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Usually, if the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) contacts you, it’s not a good thing. Some things rarely change. A scam has surfaced recently circulating a letter from ficticious FBI Agent “Brian Lamkin”. The letter details trunks containing millions of dollars that were destined to the letter’s recipient.

Obviously, the riches and Agent Lamkin do not exist, but Demopolis Police Chief Tommie Reese said the problems that could result from falling into this trap are very real.

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“The FBI doesn’t normally contact you by phone or email, they come visit if they need to talk with you,” Reese said. “I have contacted the FBI Office and the U.S. Attorney’s Office about this scam.”

At least one person locally has received “Lamkin’s letter.” It was then turned over to Reese.

“If it sounds too good to be true, it possibly isn’t true,” he added. “Don’t respond to these people with any information about yourself and for goodness sake don’t send any money to get money, or you will be out of money.”