In conjunction with the Allen County Sheriff’s Department, BBB is sending this scam ALERT occurring in our community.
BBB warns consumers and business owners not to let these callers catch you off guard. If you do pick up the phone, hang up immediately. Do not give any personal information, bank account or bank routing numbers, or a credit card. They trick individuals into making the call sound urgent and threatening.
715 S. Calhoun St. Fort Wayne, IN 46802
Phone 260-449-7535 Fax 260-449-7915
Jury Duty Phone Scam
The Allen County Sheriff’s Department is warning citizens of a new phone scam. Residents are receiving phone calls from a person identifying themselves as a police officer. The person then tells the victim that they had missed a summons for jury duty and a warrant has been issued for their arrest. The suspect caller then goes on to explain that a fine has been assessed and victim must pay the fine. Sometimes the suspect caller becomes belligerent with potential victims.
Citizens receiving this phone call are to hang-up on the caller or not answer the phone at all. Under no circumstance should any personal information such as social security number or credit card/bank account number be given.
Corporal Jeremy Tinkel
Public Information Officer
260-449-7294 / 260-615-6715
“You’ve won $3.5 million and a BMW!”
In another calls received by BBB Serving Northern Indiana, a man reported that he received a call from “Goldrush International” telling him he had won $3.5 million and a 2014 BMW. Also, his winnings were 99% tax free; all he had to do was send 1% of remaining taxes at $785 (do the calculations; they are not correct).
The consumer was given a Code KB852USA and a package code KB853USA. After the 1% tax money was received from the consumer (to be sent with a certified cashier’s check), he would receive a certificate to go to the United States Postal Service; there he would pick up his money and the key to his new car!
To report a scam, you can go online at BBB.org or call 1.800.552.4631.