Police warning residents of telephone scam

GREENFIELD — Local police are warning of a telephone scam targeting county residents.

The Hancock County Sheriff’s Department recently received a complaint from a citizen who had said they got a phone call from someone demanding $500 in order to settle a legal dispute.

Calls from anonymous callers, asking for money, are fairly common scams, investigators said. But in this case, the call appeared to come from a local 317 number, which detectives fear could lead someone to believe the request is from a legitimate company.

Police recommend calling your bank directly if someone purporting to be from a financial institution contacts you. And never give out personal information, including birth dates, addresses or social security numbers, over the phone, they said.

If you think you might be a victim of the scam, contact the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department: 317-477-1199.