VIGO COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) - It's a hotline specifically designed to keep you and your family safe.
The Vigo County Sheriff's Department wants to stop scams in their tracks.
It's a scam hotline specifically created for the Vigo County Triad, a partnership between senior citizens and law enforcement.
"What we found out is our senior citizens are a pretty trusting group. So they tend to be the ones who are scammed out of their hard-earned money pretty regularly,” said Sheriff Greg Ewing, Vigo County Sheriff’s Department.
What this hotline number will do is allow senior citizens or anyone else in the county to call in if they feel like they've been a victim, or simply if they have any questions regarding scams.
"They can call that number and our folks will direct them to the proper place or they can actually take that information down and get what they need,” said Sheriff Ewing.
We decided to try this number.
And we found out what's nice about this hotline is -- it isn't automated. When you call the line, a law enforcement officer from the Vigo County Triad will pick up.
"What we try to do is walk the caller through the proper steps and also to educate them to not be a victim again,” Ewing said.
The whole key to this hotline is awareness.
"Trying to make sure that our seniors are fully aware of what's going on out there and prevent them from being a victim. That's really the key,” said Sheriff Ewing.
You can call this hotline if you believe you've been a scam victim, as well as to report potential scams. The line works for business hours.
If it isn't business hours, you can leave a message and a deputy will get back to you as soon as they can.
The scam hotline number is (812) 231-1430.
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