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Identity Theft 4/20/07

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ALLEN COUNTY
SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT

715 S. Calhoun St.
Fort Wayne, IN 46802
Phone 260-449-7535
Fax 260-449-7915

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE: April 20, 2007

Attempted Fraud/Identity Theft

Details:

The Allen County Sheriff’s Department is investigating two separate complaints. The first is from a citizen who received a telephone call from a male caller who advised that he is with Identity Fraud Resolution of the CBB. The caller said that his name was Paul Douglas. After unsuccessfully attempting to obtain credit card information such as the expiration date and security code off the back of the card the caller hung up. The second call was from a male who advised that he worked for a collection agency and was calling about a Citibank credit card account. The resident did not have a Citibank account and hung up on the caller. When the resident tried the telephone number that the caller had left, it returned to a dead or disconnected line. If anybody calls and asks for personal identity information over the telephone DO NOT GIVE IT TO THEM. Ask for a callback number to verify who you are talking to prior to giving any information over the phone. If you are in doubt, call the Allen County Detective Bureau and report the suspicious call. You can verify information on credible companies by calling the Better Business Bureau or the Chamber of Commerce.

CONTACT: Steven A. Stone

Public Information Officer

260-449-4954