Published On: Wed, May 2nd, 2018

Scammers Using Indiana State Police Pendleton District Phone Number

Pendleton – Command staff at the Pendleton District were notified this afternoon by concerned citizens that they had received possible scam phone calls from a phone number that appears as the Pendleton District phone number of 765-778-2121. 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.

One popular phone scam in our area currently is the “Jury Duty” where the caller tells you there is an arrest warrant for you because you missed jury duty.  Then like all of the phone scams, they demand you send them money by pre-paid credit card to avoid arrest. Other popular scams in our area are the IRS scam, Publisher’s Clearinghouse and the Grandparent -grandchild in need scam.

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 that needs you, they will leave a voicemail. If in doubt, call the local agency or family member back to verify the call or voicemail.

Most importantly, 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.

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