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Terre Haute dentist a target for phone scam

Scammers are still working to get victims over the phone. That's why a local dentist is saying to be careful.

Posted: Mar. 2, 2018 6:26 PM

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - Scammers are still working to get victims over the phone. That's why a local dentist is saying to be careful.

Doctor James Foulkes is a dentist in Terre Haute, and he says scammers were brave enough to call his office.

Imagine getting a phone call from someone claiming to be law enforcement.

"They said I was delinquent for jury duty at a federal court, and that there was a warrant out for me. They said that they were going to come arrest me at my office," said Foulkes.

Foulkes received that message last month.

"They left a call back number, so I called back and I talked to several people, and the story got wilder and wilder as it went on," said Foulkes.

Luckily Foulkes quickly realized it was a scam. He called the Vigo County Prosecutor's office, and reported the call to police.

Foulkes said the caller had a local number, and sounded like an Indiana native, making it even more convincing.

Indiana State Police Sergeant Joe Watts says law enforcement would never call for money.

"It's just slowing down. Don't panic. Do a little investigation on your own and have some family members help you, trusted friends so on and so forth," said Watts.

Foulkes says this can really happen to anyone.

"I thought it was interesting in the fact that you never think that you're going to have something like this happen," said Foulkes.

Scammers often try to have a sense of urgency. 

This is another reminder to slow down and be alert, just like Dr. Foulkes.

To learn more about phone scams, click here. To report a scam, click here

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