Monday, June 04, 2007
"Prison" calls-- warning!
Q: I am curious as to why I keep getting calls from what my Caller ID has displayed as "Prison". The number is always different, but all have 574 area codes. I have been getting them the last couple of weeks. Is it a scam, and how did they get my unpublished phone number? Just curious as I stated. I also wondered if it was happening to anyone else. Thank you for your time!

A: I consulted a well known Jail Sergeant on this one and I found out that the calls you are receiveing are typically coming from the St Joseph County Jail. What happens typically is that inmates are allowed to make phone calls out, however many times, inmates are in fact dialing random numbers hoping someone will answer. Then, the inmate will claim they need your help, usually to assist them in a three way call, which you are billed for at a hefty price. best thing to do when you see 'prison' come up is to ignore the call. Once you answer, your number then is passed around to other inmates knowing that you will help them too. Do not answer if this happens!

Also, if the calls persist, you can contact the county jail and your number can bve placed on a block. Legitimate calls from the county jail on the administration lines will show up as "St Joseph County". Avoid the "prison" or "jail" calls!

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