Carmel PD warns of phone scam claiming to be from FBI, IRS

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CARMEL, Ind. (WISH) — The Carmel Police Department is warning about a new phone scam.

Police say the scammer plays a recorded message claiming to be from the FBI or IRS. The message says that the resident must call a phone number with a 765 area code and pay a fine.

If the fine is not paid, the resident will be arrested, the message warns.

Police are reminding people to be cautious when dealing with what sounds like an unknown or unreliable source.

The police department offers the following tips to make ensure you are not a scam victim:

1. DEAL LOCALLY WITH PEOPLE YOU CAN MEET IN PERSON – follow this one simple rule and you will avoid 99% of the scam attempts.

2. USE CAUTION WHEN WIRING FUNDS VIA WESTERN UNION, MONEYGRAM or any other wire service – anyone who asks you to do so is a scammer.

3. FAKE CASHIER CHECKS & MONEY ORDERS ARE COMMON and BANKS WILL CASH THEM AND THEN HOLD YOU RESPONSIBLE when the fake is discovered weeks later.

4. NEVER GIVE OUT PERSONAL OR FINANCIAL INFORMATION (bank account numbers, social security numbers, eBay/PayPal info, etc.)

5. AVOID DEALS INVOLVING SHIPPING OR ESCROW SERVICES and know that ONLY A SCAMMER WILL “GUARANTEE” YOUR TRANSACTION.

Ultimately, the best way to avoid scams is to educate yourself about what to look out for and to be cautious in every situation. Please take a few extra minutes to talk to family members and friends about how to avoid being a victim. If you need to speak to an officer or report a possible scam, you may call 317-571-2580.

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