FBI looking into phone scam

The breadth and speed of the Internet has made the world a smaller place and that’s not always a good thing.

The telephone fraud scam targeting Sequim and Port Angeles residents since December also has hit California, Arizona, New York, Texas and Michigan and may originate in Romania.

Port Angeles Police Officer Duane Benedict said Friday he was compiling a report and turning the case over to the FBI.

The FBI agent he contacted was not aware of an investigation and the federal agency generally doesn’t get involved unless the missing amount exceeds $50,000 but he would pass along the information, Benedict said.

« It’s beyond us to investigate. We have no manpower or equipment, » he said.

The scammers seem to have obtained the phone numbers by hacking into a computer system that uses « Voice over Internet Protocol » to make phone calls via computer (Vonage, for example).