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NIPSCO, Kosciusko County Sheriff's Dept. warn of phone scams

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Friday, August 23, 2013 07:59 am
The Kosciusko County Sheriff's Department is warning residents about a telephone scam that attempts to convince people they will be arrested unless they pay for a debt they are told they owe.According to a news release, a caller who claims to represent the "District Attorney's Office in Indianapolis" tells potential victims that he has personal information about them, that they owe a large sum of money and will be arrested shortly if they do not repay a portion of the money supposedly owed.

The sheriff's department notes that the caller has been using a phone number with the area code of 786. If that type of call is received, people are advised to say that they are not interested in the offer, hang up, then contact local law enforcement.NIPSCO is warning customers about a scam targeting customers with overdue balances.

The utility, through a news release, explains that customers have reported receiving phone calls from someone who claims to be a representative of the utility, but in reality is not. The caller threatens disconnection of electric service unless the customer purchases a prepaid debit card, activates it, and then gives the caller the personal identification number.

The utility says businesses and residences have both been targeted.

NIPSCO reminds customers of the four ways to submit payments to the utility: online, by mail, by phone and in person at an authorized location. The utility does not request customers to purchase prepaid debit cards and only asks customers for a Social Security number when the customer is applying for new service.

Anyone with questions can contact NIPSCO's 24-hour Customer Service Center at 1-800-464-7726.

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