Phone Scammers Impersonate Indiana State Police, ISP NEVER Initiates Cold Calls to Request Personal or Financial Information

Staff report

INDIANAPOLIS, IN — The Indiana State Police (ISP) issued a warning last week regarding a surge in phone scams where perpetrators falsely claim to be affiliated with the law enforcement agency, according to an ISP press release.

Numerous concerned citizens have reported the scam, with a distinctive element involving the use of the ISP General Headquarters phone number. The scammers manipulate Caller ID to display “Indiana State Police” along with the number “317-232-8248.” The impersonator then poses as an Indiana State Police Trooper, asserting that the target’s identity has been compromised or stolen. Subsequently, they solicit personal information under the guise of verification.

Captain Ron Galaviz, Chief Public Information Officer for the Indiana State Police, emphasized that the ISP never initiates cold calls to request personal or financial information. He warned citizens that these scammers are not only persuasive but also technologically adept, often exploiting emotions and fears to extract sensitive information and money.

To shield against falling victim to such scams, the ISP advises the public to exercise caution when receiving unsolicited calls from unknown numbers. If something feels amiss, individuals are encouraged to either ignore the call or promptly hang up. Anyone who suspects they have been targeted in a phone scam is urged to report the incident to their local law enforcement agency and notify their bank immediately, particularly if personal information has been disclosed.

The ISP reiterates the importance of refraining from sharing personal information, such as date of birth, social security number, or financial details. Scammers frequently employ tactics to pressure individuals into making hasty decisions.

In light of the escalating threat, the ISP encourages citizens to engage in conversations with their families about phone scams and establish a plan to address potential calls from scammers. Raising awareness about the existence of such scams is considered a critical first step in safeguarding against these deceptive practices.

For further information or to report a potential phone scam incident, please contact Captain Ron Galaviz, Chief Public Information Officer, at 317.232.0064 or via email at [email protected].

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