If you suspect fraudulent activity, end communication immediately and do not provide any personal information or money.
Attorney General Todd Rokita is warning Hoosiers to be alert to scams by government imposters, which continue to be reported in Indiana communities.
“Fraudsters impersonate government officials to induce fear in unsuspecting victims,” Attorney General Rokita said. “My administration has revolutionized our investigative process to bring these scammers to justice. At the same time, we want to help Hoosiers do their due diligence to avoid falling prey to these schemes in the first place.”
The goal of scammers is to steal personal information and money. Knowing their tactics is key to protecting those assets. A recently reported complaint alleges that a mail solicitation asked owners to send money to receive a copy of their deed. The solicitation includes publicly available information about the owned property.
A scam by a government impostor often starts with an unsolicited text message, call, letter or fax from someone claiming to be from a government agency. Scammers often rely on publicly available information and provide what initially appear to be official documents or employee identification numbers to project an image of credibility.
Whether through regular mail, email, or the ubiquitous smart phones, scammers have easy access to the tools they need to try and separate the Hoosiers from their hard-earned money.
Pay particular attention to any material you receive purporting to be from government agencies. Does the seal or name look suspicious to you in any way? Does the mailing address look legitimate or is it a PO Box or the address of a third-party courier company? What product or service exactly is provided? Is there a disclaimer?
Attorney General Rokita offers the following tips for avoiding scams:
- Beware and carefully review a solicitation that appears to be from a government entity but is soliciting a product or service to obtain government records.
- Beware of callers who specifically ask you to pay by gift card, wire transfer, or cryptocurrency. For example, the IRS does not accept iTunes gift cards.
- Beware of pre-recorded calls from imposters posing as government agencies.
- If you suspect fraudulent activity, end communication immediately and do not provide any personal information or money.
- Contact our Consumer Protection Division at 1-888-834-9969 or visit our website.
“Consumer protection remains one of my top priorities,” Attorney General Rokita said. “I hope all Hoosiers will contact my office whenever we can provide assistance. My staff and I are really eager to help.