An old scam with a new twist is circulating Michiana. A female automated voice named Rachel is robocalling people and fishing for personal information.
Rachel identifies herself as working for Cardholder Services. She gives two options; press one to speak to a representative, or press two to be taken off the call list. Many who have received the call in Michiana have reported to the Better Business Bureau (BBB) that even after pressing two, they still received calls.
Dreama Jensen of the Better Business Bureau says the new twist on this long-time scam is that con artists are using call spoofing technology that pulls local numbers for Caller ID.
"One lady just reported to us she had had three consecutive calls, and all three of them were local numbers. One of them was a resident in the telephone directory," said Jensen.
If you would like to report this scam, you can contact the Better Trade Commission at (877) 382-4357 or the Attorney General at (800) 382-5516.
People in Michiana have also recently reported another scam to the BBB involving email. Concerned parties have reported they received emails titled "Please be my guardian."
Someone, via email, claims to be an 18-year-old who recently lost her parents and needs someone to help her access the $8 million her parents left her. She offers 10% to anyone willing to help her donate part of the funds and invest the rest.
"If you receive this email, do nothing but quickly hit delete," said Jensen. "Should you respond, indicating any interest in helping this young lady, you will be asked to pay fees up front before getting your 30% and once you do that it will be the end."
You can report any scam to the BBB at (574) 675-9351.