Woman loses $500 in phone scam

A Franklin woman lost more than $500 in a phone scam, police said.

The woman reported she got a call from someone identifying herself as an officer, saying she was going to be taken to court for a debt.

The caller knew the woman’s personal information, including her social security number, according to the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office report. The caller also called the woman’s mother and brother to try to get more money, the report said.

She was told she could avoid going to jail if she paid a fine of $523, according to the report.

The woman gave the caller her debit card number, and then became suspicious and began researching online, where she found the call was a scam.

She called her bank to cancel the card, but more money was taken out later, the report said.

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Annie Goeller is managing editor of the Daily Journal. She can be reached at agoeller@dailyjournal.net or 317-736-2718.