Police Warn of Increasing Phone Scams in Evansville

The Evansville Police Department says it has received an influx of phone scam reports recently and is asking the community to spread the word.

Posted: Feb 25, 2021 10:39 AM
Updated: Feb 25, 2021 10:39 AM

Phone scams in the Evansville area are growing in popularity, and the Evansville Police Department is asking everyone to spread the word.

According to a statement released by EPD Thursday, the department has recently received an influx of phone scam reports.

Examples of the scams listed by EPD include a pre-recorded message explaining that "Social Security as suspended your number and ignoring the phone call will be an intentional attempt to avoid an initial appearance before a magistrate judge or grand jury."

EPD says that other scam calls circulating attempt to "collect on warrants" and "that they have evidence that your or your car has been involved in a crime in another state."

With no end to scams like these in sight and the likelihood that the scams could become more and more believable, EPD is sounding the alarm.

According to EPD, some scam callers are able to mask their real phone numbers to appear as local calls. Some are even known to have appeared as the Evansville Police Department's phone number.

EPD is asking everyone to reach out to neighbors, friends, and family members to warn them of these scams.

Here are a few tips from EPD to help:

  • Let any unknown numbers go to voicemail.
  • Call EPD at 812-436-7896 to confirm or deny any warrants.
  • Never give personal information to someone over the phone.

You can also report scam calls to the Attorney General's Office at 800-382-5516.

View the full statement released by EPD here.


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