ISP: Phone scam using police number targeting The Fort

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Updated: Nov. 5, 2021 at 12:26 PM EDT
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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) - The Indiana State Police (ISP) are urging residents to be wary of a phone scam that’s targeting The Fort.

A release from ISP says the Fort Wayne Post received a complaint Friday from a resident reporting a phone scam.

Officers say they receive many phone scam reports every year, but they say this scam is targeting the Fort Wayne area specifically.

The scammer allegedly “spoofed” the phone number of the ISP Fort Wayne post, with the Caller ID showing “Indiana State Police Post 22.” She identified herself as Samantha, trying to sell supplemental insurance.

The release says the scams using spoofed ISP numbers have happened across the state and range from telling the victim their identity has been stolen, they have warrants, or attempts to raise money for false charities.

Luckily, police say the resident didn’t fall for the scam and reported it to police.

“The Indiana State Police would remind all Hoosiers that these types of phone scammers are pervasive and technically savvy, as was the case here,” the ISP release says. “Scammers will often play on your emotions and fears to get to your money.”

They say the easiest way to protect yourself from such scams is to ignore unsolicited calls from unknown callers or hang up when something doesn’t seem right.

ISP also reminds residents to never provide any information over the phone to an unknown caller regarding your personal identity, social security number, bank account(s), or credit card number(s).

If you feel you may have been scammed, police say to immediately report it to your local law enforcement agency.

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