AVILLA – We’re probably all getting used to hearing about the “latest scam”, however, it’s very important that we do not become complacent in being alert when hearing about and in identifying ploys to scam consumers.
This Monday, August 6, 2018, the LaGrange County Sheriff’s Department issued a statement on social media to bring attention to a scam going around via phone calls.
The caller states that he works for the court and that you missed jury duty and now you are in contempt. He claims that he works out of the Sheriff’s Department on Interstate 9, then he wants court costs. The call is similar to: “Lt Frank with Dept of Court Services advising the caller of their made up case numbers for contempt and giving a total that you owe in fines.” This is not true. Do not give him money or any personal information. If you want to confirm that you do not owe any fines, hang up and call the LaGrange County Courthouse at (260) 499-6300.
Today, the Indiana Attorney General, Curtis Hill, is warning Hoosiers to beware of scams in which companies send consumers unsolicited credit cards, often touting high credit limits. Consumers should never activate cards they have not requested nor provide personal information to entities sending such cards.
This warning comes after an Indianapolis man recently filed a consumer complaint with the Office of the Attorney General reporting that employees of his business received unsolicited credit cards from an entity calling itself Connector Capital, purportedly based in Los Angeles. The information on the credit cards included the name of the business for which the recipients worked. The entity that sent the card has an “F” rating with the Better Business Bureau.
“Hoosiers need to know that, under the federal Truth in Lending Act, it is illegal to send unsolicited credit cards to consumers,” Attorney General Hill said. “If you receive a credit card you have not requested, first cut it up and then file a consumer complaint with our office.”
In some cases, unsolicited cards arriving in the mail are not credit cards in the first place. Would-be identity thieves may simply be trying to coerce consumers into providing personal information when they call or go online to attempt to activate the cards. In other cases, the high-limit credit cards may have a ruinous effect on consumers’ credit ratings if they activate and/or use them.
Anyone concerned about identity theft may want to consider a credit freeze, also known as a security freeze. Any Indiana resident may request a credit freeze free of charge. Learn more at the Attorney General’s website.
If you have been the victim of a scam or attempted scam – or have other consumer issues – you may file a complaint with the Office of the Attorney General by logging onto indianaconsumer.com or by calling 1-800-382-5516.