'It makes me furious...' One Wabash Valley woman speaks on being a victim of scam calls

A woman from Newton, Il is one of the latest victims to scam calls. She reached out to News 10 Tuesday night to make sure people are away this may happen to you.

Posted: Mar 20, 2019 6:51 PM
Updated: Mar 20, 2019 7:29 PM

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - No one wants to be a victim of scam calls. It’s a terrible thing to get caught up in. One woman in Newton, Illinois is one of the latest victims of this crime. Wednesday News 10 traveled there to find answers.

“It makes me frustrated”, said Lisa Rigg. Tuesday evening she received a call to her phone from a number she didn’t recognize. She answered, and the person on the other end said they were from social security and there was a warrant out for her arrest.

“It makes you think for a minute how these people can take somebody else’s money and get away with it.”
Around this time of year, a lot of people have been having to end calls abruptly because of scam calls.

“Its tax season”, says criminology instructor William Mackey. He teaches at Indiana State.

He said that during this time of year, you can find more people scamming phones because people are getting their taxes back. Mackey says that you wouldn’t be getting a call like that on the phone if there was a serious issue.

“Anything major that’s happening to be a legal issue or a threat of harm or something is never going to be a voice recording,” He said. He believes that within the next five years, half of the calls that we’ll receive will be scams.

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