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Inside international fraud rings: How Central Texans become targets

After a Central Texas fraud and money laundering scheme netted millions from victims across the county, investigators are opening their files to the Defenders to help viewers like you avoid getting scammed.

Erica Proffer, Joe Ellis

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AUSTIN -- Scammers from abroad are operating right here in Central Texas, taking millions of dollars from unsuspecting victims across the country. After a fraud and money laundering scheme was recently broken up here in Austin, federal investigators opened their files to the KVUE Defenders.

The scams come in various forms. You might get an email saying you have a delayed shipment or phone call saying you have an inheritance. All you have to do is send them some money. But it’s all a ruse. Young adults and the elderly are among the most vulnerable.

Law enforcement officials said these scams largely originate abroad and the perpetrators are very difficult to catch.