LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)-- Lafayette Police Department received almost 50 calls involving fraud and identity theft last week.
Linze Vanostran's mother received a phone call last Wednesday. The caller said he was from First Premier Bank and wanted her to open up another account with them.
To make matters worse, the caller listed off personal information to make this scam sound real.
"After they confirmed all of that, she felt it was who they said they were and gave it to them," Vansostran said. "After that, he quickly hung up on her."
Vanostran red-flagged her mother's credit bureau and froze all of her credit cards. According to one study, nearly 60 million Americans have been affected by identity theft and Lafayette isn't an exception.
Lafayette Police Lieutenant Scott Galloway said dispatch received almost 50 calls last Thursday. He said if you feel unsure don't bother wasting your time.
"They are sneaky tactics, they are good at their job," Galloway said. "They are good at trying to scam people for money but we ask people if you get those phone calls to just hang up."
Vanostran said this, unfortunately, won't be the last time she deals with this kind of situation but wants her mother's experience to help others notice the warning signs early.
"You instantly right off the bat need to ask them their name, their extension number," Vansostan said. "The more questions you ask, they are going to hang up on you."
Galloway encourages people to report a scam phone call but suggests to post on nextdoor.com instead of calling in directly to dispatch.
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