Scam warning issued again
GOSHEN TOWNSHIP–The Goshen Police District Chief is once again warning community members to never give out personal information over the phone.
Chief Steve McDaniel on Friday advised community members to never give out their social security numbers, birth dates, bank account numbers, credit card numbers or other such information to unknown callers. He issued the warning after receiving another report of a scam within hours of others.
“We’re getting two or three (reports) a day,” he said, “and they’re preying on the elderly.”
McDaniel said scams are from callers typically from long-distance numbers and speaking with a foreign accent. The callers will not answer when called back.
Some of the scams McDaniel warned to watch for include someone claiming to be from Publisher’s Clearing House and wanting bank information to transfer the money; claiming your social security number has been canceled and wanting the number to check; claiming a family member has been arrested or injured and wanting money transferred to help; or claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) saying your taxes are late and you must provide a payment source or else have a warrant issued for your arrest.
McDaniel urged community members who receive a call they are unsure about to immediately call their local police department.
“People need to realize if something seems too good to be true, it probably is; if you didn’t sign up to win anything, it’s a scam,” he said.
McDaniel also suggested community members have their credit card accounts checked periodically to ensure everything is okay. If there is any discrepancies, cancel the card immediately and request a new one.