FORT WAYNE — The Indiana State Police Fort Wayne Post is warning people about an ongoing scam.
The Post recently received a complaint from a local resident advising of the scam solicited via Facebook. It involves the offering of a “Child Safety Kit” by clicking on a link provided in the Facebook post.
The resident stated that the provided link asks the requestor to submit personal information including name, address and phone number. The information is then followed up by a phone call wherein the scammer requests to set up an in-home visit to further the transaction.
She reports having received two phone calls from two very persistent males requesting to come to her home and be allowed to load an app onto her phone as part of their “Child Safety Kit” service. She stated the callers were very persistent on setting up an appointment, and they falsely claimed they work directly with the Indiana State Police. She was never provided with a name or a company name.
Since ISP-Fort Wayne first posted this Child Safety Kit Scam Alert, it has received two more complaints of the scam in Fort Wayne. Facebook consumers are warned not to provide any personal information to the associated #ChildSafetyKit Facebook link.
The latest complaints have advised that after providing the requested personal information to the link a follow-up phone call from an unknown phone number was received. An unidentified female scheduled an in-home visit to go over the services offered. Two unidentified well-dressed adult males showed up to the complainant’s house, and then attempted to sell an “insurance policy” as part of the Child Safety Kit service.
These scammers are trying to gain your trust and confidence by falsely claiming to be associated with the Indiana State Police, and that is a lie. They want access to your personal identity and financial information and to gain voluntary entry into your home – possibly with the intent to commit further crime.
Again, the Indiana State Police is warning Hoosiers to always take the necessary precautions to protect themselves, their families and their property:
- Always beware of any online solicitations requesting personal information.
- Always protect your identity, Social Security number, credit card and bank account information.
- Never provide any personal information to an unknown online source, including your name/address/phone number.
- Never allow strangers access into your home.
- If you have been threatened or victimized by this scam, especially if you have allowed these individuals access into your home, please report this activity to either your local law enforcement agency or your nearest Indiana State Police Post.