Scam calls increase during Coronavirus pandemic

You may be used to getting a robocall asking for or spreading false information. But what about a scam call offering you a job?

Posted: Mar 27, 2020 5:32 PM
Updated: Mar 27, 2020 5:36 PM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI)—In a release sent by Attorney General Curtis Hill fraudsters are now trying to make money by offering work from home opportunities. A growing trend now that thousands of Hoosiers have filed for unemployment.

"It's almost daily, said Jessica Veach. She receives these calls often. “It's definitely at least weekly."

Since January first to date the state has received 733 telephone complaints and 345 robocall complaints. That includes calls made to a number on the Do Not Call List.

"They've been using like an Indianapolis area code as of recently,” said Veach.

State officials said these scammers are trying to lure people into spending a lot of money up front by falsely promising future earnings.

"I can be a smart alec,” said Veach. “So since I work in sales I kind of want to see if I can get someone on the phone. And like push their game back at them."

People are advised that if a seller offers a disclosure they should consider asking specific questions about the job duties, the nature and frequency of compensation and any cost that the at home worker is expected to pay in advance.

"I've even tried to push you know, zero or something to get someone on the phone to say stop and it just hangs up,” said Veach.

It's also important to be on the lookout for common opportunities such as starting an internet business, stuffing envelopes, craftwork, rebate processing, and even things regarding your medical bills.

"One of the main things especially with older people I feel like they are more susceptible to thinking that they are real,” said Veach. “I know my grandma has gotten weird calls."

Scammers are working overtime and The Federal Trade Commission said scams will even come through email, websites and print publications.

Attorney General Curtis Hill is also advising Hoosiers who believe they have been subjected to excessive prices for consumer goods during the coronavirus pandemic to file a complaint online with the Office of the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division.

Click here to report or learn more. 

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