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Sheriff's Office Warns of New Phone Scam in Evansville

The Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office is warning Evansville residents of a new phone scam that was first reported in September by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

Posted: Oct 22, 2020 4:38 PM

According to Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Sheriff Colonel Noah Robinson, a phone scam first announced in September by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York has made its way to Evansville, Indiana.

Robinson said that on Wednesday, fraudsters claiming to be from the Federal Reserve Bank contacted a resident of Evansville, falsely stating that there had been illegal activity involving their bank account.

"The scammers then tried to instill fear and a sense of urgency by threatening to involve local law enforcement," Col. Robinson explained. "The victim was then threatened with arrest during a follow-up call from a scammer claiming to be a Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office Deputy."

According to Col. Robinson, none of the nations 12 Federal Reserve Banks maintain any type of funds or accounts for individuals, nor does the Federal Reserve directly email or call people holding accounts at commercial banks about suspected suspicious activity in those accounts.

Robinson advises anyone who receives a scam call like this to hang up and file a report at https://www.ic3.gov/default.aspx.



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