Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

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March 6, 2014

GPD investigating Comcast scam

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Cpl. Gary Jessee with the Indiana State Police Versailles Post said he was not aware of a Comcast scam, but he warned southeastern Indiana citizens that his department has received multiple reports of various other attempts to swindle Hoosiers.

These include calls from individuals pretending to represent the Internal Revenue Service. In this case, the callers request sensitive information, such as a person’s social security number, and typically request the intended victim send money.

Another common phony phone tactic preys particularly on older Americans, Jessee said. This crime involves a caller who impersonates a police officer, lawyer or other such figure who claims to be calling on behalf of the intended victim’s “incarcerated” relative. Such schemes ask the victim to send bail money to ensure the relative’s release. In reality, the scammer has likely obtained information about his or her intended victim via the Internet, the corporal said.

Jessee said a third scam has seen individuals posing as members of Publisher’s Clearinghouse or similar organizations going door-to-door claiming their intended victims have won exorbitant amounts of money or lavish prizes. The victim will receive his or her money, the criminals say, after paying a processing fee or similar smaller amount, which is said to be standard procedure to receive the prize. The money given is never returned, and there was no prize in the first place.

Jessee cautioned that individuals receiving calls requesting sensitive information or money should file a complaint regarding the incident at www.ic3.gov.

Chief Chasteen said crimes can be reported locally by calling the GPD at 663-3131 or 662-7463.

The Decatur County Sheriff’s Department can be reached at 663-8125.

Contact: Brent Brown 812-663-3111 x7056; brent.brown@greensburgdailynews.com

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