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Bloomington Police Warn About Scam

Last updated on Friday, February 15, 2013

(BLOOMINGTON) - A prank phone call, identified by police as a possible scam, was foiled after the recipient of the call, an 80-year-old woman, contacted the Bloomington Police.

The woman told police she received a call Tuesday morning from a man claiming to contact her as part of an investigation with the Drug Enforcement Administration.

BPD Lt. Steve Kellams says the woman had difficulty understanding the man with an accent. After several minutes on the phone she told the man she couldn't understand him, so she hung up.

The man called the woman again, whom she says was audibly upset. The caller explained because she hung up on a federal agent, he was going to come arrest her. He also warned her she needed to call her attorney.

The woman called BPD to report the calls. She also told police she tried to call the phone number that had reached her previously, but she received a recorded answering machine message indicating she had reached the Drug Enforcement Administration of Madison, Ohio.

Kellams says the Drug Enforcement Administration, a federal law enforcement agency, does not have a division in Madison, Ohio.

Kellams says the call was most certainly a prank, and could possibly have been a scam and residents should be careful releasing any personal information to these callers.

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