Command staff at
the Indiana State Police’s Lowell District has been receiving complaints of
scam calls from a phone number that appears on Caller ID as the Lowell
District’s own number of (219) 696-6242.
“There are many
phone scams currently in our area, and know that the Indiana State Police do
not serve arrest warrants by phone and will never call you to request
money,” the ISP said.
One popular phone
scam in our area currently is the “Jury Duty” or “FBI” grift, in which the
caller advises a citizen that he or she has missed jury duty and an arrest
warrant has been issued. Then the caller demands a payment by pre-paid
credit card to avoid arrest.
Other popular scams
in our area include the IRS, Publisher's Clearinghouse, and
When receiving a
call, never assume the caller ID is correct, and know that scammers will
often use the names of local officers or agencies or even your own family
members. If you receive a call from a number you don't recognize, don't
answer. If it's someone who truly needs you, the caller will leave a
voicemail. If in doubt, call the local agency or family member back to
verify the call or voicemail.
never be tempted to give out private information such as date of birth,
Social Security number, or credit card numbers over the phone. Never be
pressured into making a hasty decision over the telephone and always think
twice before sending money by prepaid card or wire transfer. Transactions
like these are nearly impossible to trace once sent.