The Mishawaka Police Department has issued an alert about a scam concerning people calling requesting money over the phone after receiving a number of complaints today regarding citizens receiving calls from a person claiming to be a police detective.
The scammer leaves a number, in one case the number was 227-2500. When the citizen called that number the caller heard a recording that was made of a police department phone tree, according to Lt. Tim Williams with the Mishawaka Police Department.
The phone number in an internet-generated phone number and does not belong to the police department, according to Williams.
The recording callers are hearing is a low quality recording someone made. The caller is told to leave a message then receives a call later from the impersonator directing them to call (574) 742-1488 and being told they can send money “to keep this quiet.”, Williams said.
The internet provider who rents these phone numbers frequently used by scammers has been contacted, Williams said.
Anyone calling requesting money over the phone for any reason, IRS bill, relative in jail in another country, federal warrant, should immediately set off red flags and presumed to be a scam, Williams said. These scams are typically based in other countries and difficult to police.
Residents are advised that if they receive a call from an police department, they verify that the number is actually a legitimate number.
Anyone with information on this scam is urged to contact the Mishawaka Police Department Detective Bureau 574-258-1684.