Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita says there has been a rise in robocall frauds with scammers who claim to represent government agencies.
They claim to be calling from the Social Security Administration, the IRS, Medicare or others but are later exposed as scammers. Many of the initial contacts start with a seemingly harmless text, call or email but can result in a loss of money and/or personal information.
Attorney General Rokita shares the following tips for Hoosiers to avoid these types of scammers:
- Don’t wire money, send cash, or use gift cards or cryptocurrency to pay someone who says they’re with the government.
- Don’t give your financial or other personal information to someone who calls, texts, or emails and says they’re with the government.
- Don’t trust your caller ID. Your caller ID might show the government agency’s real phone number, but caller ID can be faked.
- Don’t click on links in unexpected emails or text messages. Don’t click on any link, and don’t pass it on to others. Simply delete the message.
- Look out for prerecorded calls from imposters posing as government agencies. Typically, neither the Internal Revenue Service nor the Social Security Administration make phone calls to.
- If you suspect fraudulent activity, immediately terminate the communication, and do not provide any personal information.
- Add your number to the Indiana Do Not Call List.
- Contact our Consumer Protection Division at 1-888-834-9969 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you receive an unwanted text or call, please file a complaint here with Attorney General Rokita’s office.