- Associated Press - Monday, June 23, 2014

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden is warning of a rising number of telephone scams targeting the elderly.

Biden’s office warned Monday of two recent scams that could put consumers at risk of fraud.

In the first scam, consumers have been receiving phone calls from people claiming to be local police or federal agents. The caller says the consumer has unpaid parking fines or traffic tickets and threatens them with jail in order to obtain personal data and credit card information. The callers also use “caller ID spoofing” to appear to be legitimate government officials.

Biden says government agencies do not call people to collect fines.

In a separate scam, consumers have received calls from people claiming to represent computer companies, warning of viruses that can be detected for a fee.

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