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Here are the nine scams from the BBB:

1. Calls from Dell about your computer being attacked:

It isn’t the first time that a call has been received from someone impersonating a computer services organization. Normally, calls received are reported to be from Microsoft or a company that contracts for Microsoft. What also was different about this call is that the caller informed the consumer that their internet was being attacked. Usually, the “Microsoft representative” will say that a person has viruses on their computer. Don’t fall for it!

2. If you receive this threat, call Homeland Security!

A woman called out a Microsoft impersonator. He didn’t like that and told her that she was right. He was an impersonator and that he was with ISIS. In fact, he said that he was going to blow up her house, if she didn’t give him any money. She hung up on him and called us.

3. Questions about Office of Personnel Management letter.

Our office has received questions in regards to a letter that is circulating. There are concerns that it may be a hoax. It is not. Should you receive this and have questions, contact them at 866-408-4555.

Example of a personnel management letter provided by the BBB.

Example of a personnel management letter provided by the BBB.

4.Surprise!! You are eligible for a $7000 grant from the Federal Government:

This call takes people by surprise, whether they believe that they are entitled to grant money or not. If you were eligible for a grant, you would not receive a random call from someone telling you that you are 1 out of 1700 people receiving this offer. You would have to apply for the grant, an “official notice” letter would be received, and no payment of $250 for an application would be required. For any questions regarding this, please give us a call.

5. Phone threats of taking away a person’s Social Security!

A new scare tactic. A consumer received a call from 954-271-8700. The caller insisted that she purchase a brace or that she would lose her Medicare for the next three years. She contacted Social Security, and the representative confirmed that the call was a hoax.

6. Failure to report to Grand Jury Duty:

The caller ID showed “226-0152 -1359 Federal Court House J. Burniston,” although Matthew Kinsman was the caller. Matthew called to tell the call recipient that she had received a letter for jury duty and failed to show. As a consequence, she would be arrested, unless $975 was paid. She informed him that she did not have the money. He said that he would talk to the Deputy, James Atkinson, to see if the payment could be lowered. The phone then went dead.

7. Calls to inmates? Beware of globaltellink!

A woman had paid $25 to Globaltellink to talk to an inmate. The company called her back, indicating that her credit was low on funds. She was confused, as she had just paid. In checking the company, there was a website called globaltellink.net, and its domain, located in Panama, is for sale.

8. Facebook quacks:

Reports that Mark Zuckerberg is having a sweepstakes on Facebook that goes out by email, while other “cons” come in different forms. One in particular came from a person’s “friend,” whose account had been hacked. A message was received from this “friend,” stating that she had $200,000 and needed a bank account to put it into. The lady receiving the message thought it was suspicious and reported it to BBB. Take no chances. Contact the person directly and check with them before conducting any financial transactions.

9. Example of a phishing email to avoid:

Example of a phishing email provided by the BBB.Example of a phishing email provided by the BBB.

Noble County Sheriff Department

**SCAM ALERT**

If you receive a text stating the following:
(Community State Bank)
24 HRS ALERT: Your Visa # xxxxxx has been temporarily disabled. Please call CSB 24hrs line (260)636-XXXX to reactivate your card.

Ignore it. This is a scam to acquire your bank account number. The message coming from a local number and local bank may throw people off.
Never give out your personal information over the phone.

If you or somebody you know does give out information caused by this scam, contact your bank first thing Monday morning.

 

Noble County Sheriff Department

Local Warning


The Indiana State Police and the Noble County Sheriff Department are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying two men, believed to be a father-son duo who have been soliciting their paving services and in doing so, allegedly bilked an elderly couple out of thousands of dollars.

According to Indiana State Police Detective Deven Hostetler, on Wednesday, July 9th two white males were in the Cromwell area when they approached the elderly victims and offered to spray blacktop sealer on top of their gravel driveway. They quoted the couple approximately $200 for the job, but upon its completion, they asked for payment of approximately $2,000.

After they were paid in cash, one of the men used an excuse to go back into the house where it is alleged that he stole an additional amount of cash.

The first man, the older of the two, was described as heavy set with skin tags on his eyelids and the second as possibly being 18-20 years of age. They were said to have been in a red Ford pickup truck with a black tank in the bed. If any citizen has been solicited by these men, or have information as to their identities, they are encouraged to call the Indiana State Police at either (260) 432-8661 or (800) 552-0976, or the Noble County Sheriff Department at (260) 636-2182.

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Friday February 7, 2014, 11:13 AM

Indiana State Police-Headquarters - Statewide

Community: Fake Jury Duty Phone Calls Should be directed to Police

Fake Jury Duty Phone Calls Should be directed to Police
Several Indiana trial courts have alerted the Division of State Court Administration and Indiana Judicial Center to a possible scam involving fake jury duty phone calls. There have only been a few incidents, but court leaders are alerting the public in the abundance of caution.

Judges in two Indiana counties (Henry and Hamilton) recently learned residents received similar phone calls making false claims about missed jury service. The caller accused the individual of failing to appear for jury duty and offered ways to resolve the situation by appearing in court or providing financial information to pay a fine. Courts are not aware of anyone who has been harmed by revealing personal financial information.

While practices vary, Indiana courts never ask potential jurors (or those who missed jury duty) for money. Courts never ask for specific bank account numbers, credit card information or Personal Identification Numbers (PIN’s) and never call jurors and pressure them to reveal personal information—especially financial information.

In Indiana, all initial contact with potential jurors is conducted in writing through the mail. A written jury summons and/or questionnaire may ask for information such as name, age, occupation, marital status, prior jury service or whether the person understands the English language.

If a person fails to appear for jury duty the judge can send the sheriff to compel the individual to attend jury selection. A judge can hold an individual in contempt and require the individual to pay a fine for failure to appear. However, none of these actions takes place over the phone.

Questions about jury service or failure to appear for jury duty should be directed to the clerk or court in the county where the individual lives. For a list of contact information see here: http://www.in.gov/judiciary/2794.htm. Individuals who receive what appears to be a fake jury duty phone call should alert police.

There are about 1400 jury trials in Indiana each year. Trial and appellate court judges want to take this opportunity to thank individuals who appear in court ready to serve and those who are selected for jury duty. A series of Public Service Announcements produced in partnership with Indiana Public Broadcasting Stations showcases the importance of jury duty http://www.in.gov/judiciary/press/2011/0721.html.

Federal Court officials produced a video warning the public about a jury duty phone scam http://www.uscourts.gov/Multimedia/Videos.aspx?video_url=http://www.uscourts.gov/video/source/News/news_jury-fraud-scam_low.f4v&video_image=/uscourts/video/News/jn_20090126_preview.jpg&video_id=20090126.

Contact:
Kathryn Dolan :  kathryn.dolan@courts.in.gov
317-234-4722