SCAM ALERT: new twist on phone scams

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BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU Two new scams are circulating Michiana, as thieves are putting a new twist on a common phone scam.

In the first instance, a woman reported to the Better Business Bureau (BBB) she received a call from a man claiming to be an attorney from New York. The caller informed the woman she had won a large sum of money.

The new twist is how she was supposed to claim the money. The caller told the woman she could fly to Madrid, Spain to pick up the funds or receive it by messenger for a fee.

"That of course is where the scam takes over," said Dreama Jensen of the Better Business Bureau.

"Any advance payment means good bye to your money. So, just remember, if they ask for money in advance, this is a scam."

In a second scam, a woman reported to the BBB she received a call from a man claiming to work for Donald Trump. In this case, the caller said she would receive a check from Trump for her diligence in paying bills on time and maintaining her property.

The man also claimed there were no hidden fees or strings attached. He offered to drop off the funds at or near her home.

Jensen says in cases like these, even though the message sounds silly, people still fall for them, that's why scams continue.

"I think the first thing is, they are not expecting the call at all, so you're not prepared," said Jensen.

"So, ok what is this all about? So, all thoughts start going through your mind, then you hear money. We ask that you investigate before investing and remember if it sounds too good to be true, it is too good."

As always, the BBB recommends you do not give any personal information over the phone. Jensen suggests hanging up and reporting the incident to the BBB.

To contact the Osceola branch, the number is (574) 675-9351. To contact the Fort Wayne office, call (260) 423-4433.

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