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Residents urged to beware of scam

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Clay County residents should be aware of a potential phone scam going around.

On Thursday, an anonymous caller informed The Brazil Times of a possible scam regarding grocery coupons.

The caller informed The Times she had received a phone call from Sure Shopper, based in Phoenix, Ariz., telling her she had won $500 in grocery coupons.

The woman said a man gave her his personal identification and name and gave her a phone number for what he called, "the package," in case she needed it for reference.

The woman told The Times the man said in order for her to win the prize, people needed a VISA, Mastercard or Discover card.

He then told the woman he had her Discover information and needed her to verify it, upon which she immediately hung up.

She said this is the third time in the past year she has received potential phone scams.

"This last one, they made it sound so legit because they had all the numbers," she said.

Indiana Attorney General's Office Public Information Officer Molly Butters said people need to call the office at 1-800-382-5516 or visit www.indianaconsumer.org if they receive phone calls from potential scammers.

"We want to know when these calls happen so we can get to the source," Butters said, "to try to cut down on scams."

Butters said the Attorney General's Office Telephone Privacy Division investigates possible scams. To date, four lawsuits have been brought against telemarketers, which have violated the state's telephone privacy act.

Butters added people who do not wish to receive any kind of these calls must register on the do-not call list at the state and national level.

She said with a fledging economy, consumers in general may be more susceptible to possible scams.

"I think what we've seen is consumers are put in a position where they are more vulnerable," she said. "They're more open for that message of hope and not just a phone scam, but all kinds of scams."

Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton said his department receives calls from residents periodically regarding potential scams.

"It's something different every time," he said. "People have to be cautious with what they're doing and not to give out any personal information.

"If they think it's too good to be true, more than likely it is."

Brazil City Police Chief Dave Archer echoed Heaton's sentiments.

"Unfortunately, it's not going away," Archer said.

Butters stressed people who have caller-ID should make a note of a number if they believe it to be a possible scam.

"If a pattern emerges, that makes it easier (to investigate)," she said. "It's helpful for us to have a record for when a call was made."

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About Caller ID: Caller ID is so easy to hack. Its not of much use. Any scammer worth their salt will have a spew false ANI signals and give someone else's (or a false) number. Your best defense involves a willingness to refuse something that sounds so good that you don't want to pass it up. I deal with SPAM on e-mail for about 2000 users of my network. The spam tries to do the same thing. If someone wants to give you something, why do they need to get money from you first? Thats a clear indicator of a scam. In most cases these scams are only designed to get your credit card / bank account / personal information to allow the scums to steal your money through either a credit card scam or identity theft. BEWARE!

-- Posted by TheRider on Thu, Jun 4, 2009, at 7:15 AM

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