The Kansas City Division of the FBI is warning local residents regarding a recent report of phone calls being received by area residents purportedly from the FBI in Kansas City.

The Kansas City Division of the FBI is warning local residents regarding a recent report of phone calls being received by area residents purportedly from the FBI in Kansas City.

Several inquiries have been received by the FBI Kansas City Division to validate the authenticity of these calls, according to a new release.

During these calls, an individual claims to be a special agent with the FBI and informs people that their Social Security numbers have either been compromised or are under investigation. The caller attempts to solicit personally identifiable information.

There have been previous calls of a similar nature in which the caller, who identifies himself as an FBI agent, states the individual is under investigation. The caller then demands immediate payment of a fine.

According to the news release, the FBI is cautioning residents of this scam, which is a mechanism to extort personal information as well as financial information. FBI officials also are urging residents to protect their personal and financial information. A representative of the FBI would not contact individuals and demand payment of fines.