It’s something we’re all familiar with; phone calls targeting unsuspecting people. And their goal.. is to con them out of the money and their identity.
Phone scams have been on the rise lately, and many of them have a similar approach; scammers pretending to work for federal agencies. And tonight, one victim speaks out to help anyone who might be a target of scammers.
By just answering the phone, your identity and information could be gone in a flash. Jeff Dykes, a Clay County resident, is just one of several people who are victims of these harassing calls. On average, he recieves a fraudulent phone call at least two to three times a day.
This particular phone call, has a bit of a twist. The caller claims to work for the federal government and that they have a check of a large sum of money ready to transfer to them if they get a pre-paid card and enter a five digit code.
Dykes says that although he was able to catch the scam, there are those out there who wouldn’t be as fortunate.
“Some people are not able to make the correct choices. I worry about them spending their social security checks and pension checks.,” Dykes says, “because they want you to send in so much money, to get this money back. And it’s all a scam, and you’re not going to get any of your money back.”
We spoke to law enforcement officials on the subject of fraud calls, they said they receive many complains every day. They also offer tips in case you do receive a fraud call.
First, if it sounds too good to be true, it most likely is. If you do receive a suspicious call, do not give any personal information out and do not call any numbers they give you. In addition, if you think you are a victim of a scam, contact your bank, credit card company and any other financial institutions.
Officials do prefer that you contact the Attorney General’s office to report any fraud and scam calls.. you can do so at Indianaconsumer.com or at 1-888-834-9969.