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Man Posing as Homeland Security Agent Scams Columbus Woman

Police say the woman gave several thousand dollars in iTunes gift cards to a man he said he was with the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security.

COLUMBUS, Ind. -- A Columbus woman lost thousands of dollars to a phone scammer pretending to be an agent with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

The Columbus Police Department says the scammer demanded the money in iTunes gift cards and threatened to have the woman arrested if she didn't comply. By the woman realized it was a scam, it was too late: the money was gone.

Police say the call was especially convincing because the fake agent had the woman's personal information, including her Social Security Number, and used special software to make it look like the phone call was coming from DHS. 

If you get this or a similar call, don't cooperate or send any money. Jot down the phone number, hang up the phone and report the call to the police.

(Photo by Megaflopp/Thinkstock.)

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