Vanderburgh Sheriff Warns Public of Fake Deputy Phone Scam
'Tis the season of giving, and of trying to scam people out of their hard earned money, apparently.
The Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office announced on Twitter Tuesday evening they've received "several reports" of residents receiving calls from someone claiming to be a deputy. While they don't go into specific details about the nature of the calls, similar scams usually involve the scammer telling their potential victim there's a warrant out for their arrest for some made up reason (missed jury duty, failure to a appear at a court date, etc.), and they can wipe that from their record by paying a fine, usually in the form of purchasing a prepaid gift card, or providing personal banking information.
A couple of things here. 1) If there's a warrant out for your arrest, or for someone you know, chances are you already know about it, and the Sheriff's office isn't going to call to tell you. They'd much rather tell you face-to-face, right before they cuff you and take you to jail. 2) They will never ask for any type of payment over the phone.
If you receive a call like this, the Sheriff's Office encourages you to "get the caller's name, hang up, and then call a phone number you know to be correct."