Public asked to be wary, call police to avoid becoming victims of scams

The Elkhart Police Department wants to make the public aware of a phone scam affecting the Elkhart area that has to do with your taxes. 

Posted on Feb. 12, 2014 at 12:47 p.m.

ELKHART — The Elkhart Police Department is cautioning residents to be wary of any potential scams, particularly during tax season.

According to a press release from the police department, a victim responded to a phone call from Washington, D.C. The caller told the victim he was an IRS agent and that the victim owed several thousand dollars to the IRS. The caller told the victim that failure to make a payment would result in her going to jail.

Shortly after, the victim received a call from 295-7070, which is the Elkhart Police Department's phone number. The caller said police were on their way to arrest the victim because she had not sent all the tax money she owed, according to the press release.

The caller appeared to have "spoofed" the Elkhart Police Department's phone number. According to the press release, it is possible to spoof any phone number and make it look like a call came from a different number.

However, the police department will not tell anyone they are going to arrest them.

Victims have also reported getting calls that say they have won the lottery or an inheritance that cannot be released without the victim sending a fee. The police department recommends the victim contact his or her local police department before taking any other action.

Another common scam involves a person calling and saying that a relative is in trouble and needs money. The victim should call the actual family member or friend, as well as the police department, to verify the information.

Any possible victims of a scam should contact their local police department, but should never send any money in reference to suspected scam calls, according to the press release.

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