[r85] It's a scam; watch out (9/14/2012)

Friday, September 14, 2012

Start Date: 9/14/2012 Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 9/14/2012 End Time: 11:59 PM

It’s a scam;watch out

Local residents need to be on the lookout for any suspicious calls, especially ones where the caller says you have previously ordered something and attempts to solicit your credit card or banking information. I recently received such a call, the caller said I had placed an order for garage floor sealer two years ago and I had requested a split order. The caller said I would be receiving the remaining six gallons delivered to my house and I would be charged for that. He started the conversation by saying that because of the order that I had allegedly placed, I was the winner of a large flat screen television with a surround system.  I promptly ended the call, believing it to be a scam and a poor attempt to acquire my banking information.  Still, it made me very uneasy to receive such a call and I made sure we would not accept deliveries or anything to our house.
 
The operation of scams today is becoming more and more sophisticated, causing thousands of Hoosiers to fall victim to fraud every year. The Indiana Attorney General’s office tracks fraud trends across the country on behalf of consumers because very few scams actually originate in Indiana.  The call I received originated from the state of New York.

The Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division coordinates with the Federal Trade Commission, National Association of Attorneys General, Better Business Bureau and other consumer protection agencies to gain knowledge of scams occurring in other states in order to provide quick notice of potential threats to Hoosiers.

Do not fall victim to such sneaky and conniving ploys. One of the best resources to stay up-to-date on the latest scams is through Indiana’s Fraud Alert Program.

Consumers can sign up to receive the latest fraud information via email and text message on the Attorney General, Greg Zoeller’s, website.

I urge you all to sign up for the email and text alerts, and if you have been the victim of a fraudulent scheme, received a scamming phone call, or if you have any further questions, please visit http://www.in.gov/attorneygeneral/ or call 1-800-382-5516. Taking a few moments to sign up for alerts could help you avoid a scam.

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