Indiana Residents: Phone Scam Claiming “Relative in Jail” Gains Traction


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INDIANA – A surge in scam calls is unsettling Indiana residents, with a particularly insidious scheme now being reported across the state. 

Deceptive callers are trying to manipulate citizens into believing that a loved one is incarcerated, pressing them to send money urgently for their alleged release.

The Hobart Police Department was one of the first to spot and alert the public about this ruse. “Scammers are contacting our residents purporting that a relative of theirs has been arrested and they are being held at the Hobart City Jail,” stated an official from the department. They emphasized that these claims are entirely false, adding, “Please just hang up on the person and DON’T withdraw or send money to them.”

Residents are encouraged to be wary of unsolicited and suspicious phone calls, especially those demanding immediate financial action. The best course of action, as recommended by the police, is to disconnect such calls and avoid sharing personal or financial information. The community is reminded to stay vigilant, always verify details independently, and report any suspicious activity to local law enforcement.


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