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March 6, 2014

GPD investigating Comcast scam

GREENSBURG – A man purporting to be a Comcast employee bilked a Greensburg couple out of more than $250 last week, Greensburg Chief of Police Stacey Chasteen said.

Chasteen notified the Daily News of the current investigation Wednesday afternoon.

The case involves a local couple who received a phone call last Friday from a man claiming to be a Comcast representative.

The caller gave the scam victim the victim’s own name, address, Comcast payment methods, Internet speed and the last four digits of his Social Security number during the call. The caller requested the customer pay for six months of Comcast cable service to receive an upgrade to his internet service, 120 additional TV channels and a Kindle Fire e-reader.

The customer complied and paid $254.95 via a Green Dot MoneyPak card, a reloadable credit card accepted by many major retailers.

A case report sent to the Daily News by Chasteen states the couple experienced trouble with their service earlier this week, prompting them to call the phone number that had been listed on their order form following payment. The person who answered the call hung up the phone on the victim. Attempts to call the number again revealed that it had been disconnected.

Chief Chasteen said the GPD is not aware of any other victims of the scam thus far, though she and her investigative team are hoping to cull more information about the crime from Greensburg residents.

Chasteen said her department has not yet determined how the caller knew so much of the victim’s personal and cable account information. She said the victim also notified the office of the Indiana Attorney General.

As it stands, Chasteen said the crime committed would be considered felony theft by fraud.

The Daily News could not reach Decatur County Sheriff Greg Allen by press time Wednesday to determine whether his department has received similar reports.

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