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[IDHS] Scammer Claiming to be With IDHS Targets Tipton Resident
Start Date: 5/17/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 5/17/2013End Time: 11:59 PM
Entry Description
SCAMMER CLAIMING TO BE WITH IDHS TARGETS TIPTON RESIDENT

INDIANAPOLIS -- A scammer claiming to be with the Indiana Department of Homeland Security called a Tipton resident and asked for personal financial information.

The caller asked the resident if a disaster relief check had been received, then asked for bank account information. The resident did the right thing and hung up the phone without giving them any information.

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security does not collect bank account information or other sensitive personal information over the phone. If anyone calls or shows up at your home representing themselves as part of the Indiana Department of Homeland Security and asks for money or sensitive information, report the contact to local law enforcement immediately.

Unfortunately, disasters like flooding can sometimes attract scam artists and identity thieves. Hoosiers should be cautious of any unsolicited offers of assistance. Anyone who believes they may have been a victim of a scam can file a complaint with the Indiana Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division. The complaint form can be filled in online at www.IndianaConsumer.com or call 1-800-382-5516 to request a form by mail.

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IDHS Public Information Officer on duty at 317.234.6713 or pio@dhs.in.gov
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