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Phone Scams Impacting Adults in Custody

Families should beware of scams requesting money

Phone Scams Impacting Adults in Custody

(BOP) - The Federal Bureau of Prisons (FBOP) has been alerted of a phone scam impacting incarcerated individuals and their families where callers are identifying themselves as FBOP employees to secure money for release to pre-release custody. The FBOP will not contact individuals to request personal information or money.

Also, there appear to be other scams affecting incarcerated individuals and their families. Specifically, callers are identifying themselves as Federal Probation Officers and members of the U.S. Parole Commission to gain personal information or money for early release and/or relocation approvals.

Individuals who are contacted by persons purporting to be employees of the FBOP, the United States Probation Office, and/or the United States Parole Commission related to the potential release of an incarcerated individual should report these calls to the Federal Trade Commission online,, or by phone at 1-877-382-4357 (9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.).

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