Hoosiers warned on a recent scam alert

Indianapolis, IN—The U.S. Marshalls in the Southern District of Indiana are cautioning Hoosiers about a phone scam. Investigators say scammers are “spoofing” their number and demanding money from unsuspecting people. Marshal Dan McClain says, “Spoofing is when scammers use technology to make it appear to impersonate someone you know, or in this case law enforcement.”

He says government officials will never call asking for money via a prepaid debit card, iTunes cards, or other forms of automatic payment. Even if an agent of the court calls and provides a court order, you should take steps to verify the information before any payment is made. Questionable calls should be reported to law enforcement immediately.