FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — The Indiana State Police’s Fort Wayne Post reported on Thursday receiving a complaint from a citizen reporting a phone scam. ISP receives numerous reports of phone scams each year, but this particular scam had not previously been seen.
The scammer first called asking this citizen for the phone number of the local Indiana State Police Department, explaining that he was the victim of ID theft and needed the number to alert the police. The citizen, wanting to help, obliged and gave the scammer the phone number for the Indiana State Police’s Fort Wayne Post, (260) 432-8661.
A short time after late, this same citizen received another phone call, with the Caller ID showing “Indiana State Police” with the (260) 432-8661 number. The scammer then identified himself as an Indiana State Police officer, telling the citizen that he had been the victim of identity theft out of Texas. The scammer asked the citizen to obtain a prepaid credit card, money that would then be used to assist the scammer to clear up this alleged identity theft.
Fortunately, this citizen did not fall victim to this scam. Rather, he became suspicious and reported the incident to law enforcement.
The Indiana State Police reminds all Hoosiers that these types of phone scammers are pervasive, convincing, and technically savvy, as was the case here. Scammers often exploit emotions and fears in order to get to an intended victim’s money.
The easiest way to protect oneself from being scammed over the phone is either to ignore unsolicited calls from unknown callers or just hang up when something doesn’t seem right.
Never provide any information over the phone to an unknown caller regarding personal information, social security number, bank account(s) or credit card number(s).
ISP says that those in doubt or who fear they may have fallen victim to a phone scammer should just hang up and immediately report the incident to a local law enforcement agency.