Police warn of new text message scam

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BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY, Ind. (WISH) — The Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Office wants to warn the public against new cases of fraud perpetrated through text messaging.

Detective Jason Williams says victims receive a text message from a unfamiliar phone number, saying they’re approved for a home improvement grant of up to $60,000.

In at least one case, the sender used a phone number with an out-of-state area code.

The sender then requested that the recipient transfer money via MoneyGram to a person named Sara Doria, believed to be a false name.

The victim never received grant money, instead given excuses and tricked into continuing to send funds.

Williams said this morning’s victim was cheated out of nearly $1,600.

The sheriff’s office would like to discourage giving out any personal information out through text message.

If you receive any contact from a suspicious phone number, please contact Detective Williams directly at 812-565-5928.

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