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Quick-thinking pizza shop owner avoids scam

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Updated: September 16, 2014 6:29AM



CHESTERTON — An unknown person attempted to scam the owner of Val’s Famous Pizza, at 112 S. 11th St., by posing as a NIPSCO employee.

According to the police report, a man called about 1:40 p.m. Monday and said the business’ utilities were going to be turned off for non-payment and the only fix was for the owner to immediately run out to purchase a prepaid debit card and read the number over the phone.

While on the phone with the caller, whom police said appeared to have used an app that made NIPSCO’s customer service number show up on caller ID, the owner checked his NIPSCO statement online and confirmed it was up to date.

No money was transferred or lost.

NIPSCO does not conduct business in this manner, police said.

Police also noted that in prepaid debit card scams victims often have no recourse because the cards do not come with fraud protection.



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