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Scammers phishing Lowell State Police post phone number

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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 Grandchild-In-Need cons.

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.

Most important, 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.



Posted 5/18/2018




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