Beware of phone scammers

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – With the growth in technology comes the growth in ways that scammers can attack. Scammers can attack through phone calls and emails.

The messages come off looking and sounding official, saying that you’re in violation of state laws and that you owe money.

Vigo County Chief Deputy Clark Cottom says that you need to really protect yourself and realize what’s happening.

“If you receive a phone call and are kind of skeptical of them, get a callback number,” Cottom said. “You can call your local police department and we can check that out and make sure that it does belong to the agency that said they called you.”

Scammers have conned people into thinking they’re the energy company or even the IRS.

IRS officials say that that’s not how they operate and that any messages asking you to pay any kind of money should raise red flags.

So, what if it happens to you? What do you do?

“The best thing we can do is protect our own selves, and educate ourselves to what’s going on,” Cottom said. “And report it to the police. Check it out before you write that check.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you confirm your email address and acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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