Scam Call Asks Victims To Pay Up Or Go To Jail

Posted On June 19, 2014

By Mike Perleberg

phone-scam.jpg(Dearborn County, Ind.) – Dearborn County residents are being warned about a phone scam where a caller threatens to put them in jail if they don’t transfer money.

Already at least one resident has fallen victim to the scam and lost several hundred dollars, Sheriff Mike Kreinhop said Thursday.

“We don’t want to end up having more victims since they’ve already been successful on one attempt,” the sheriff says.

A caller from an Indiana phone number tells would be victims that they are with the local sheriff’s department. They claim the call recipient is wanted for failing to make a court appearance. In order to stay out of jail, the caller asks the victim to pay a fee and make a future court appearance.

The victim is asked to send the money electronically buy purchasing a “green” card from a store and calling the scammer back with the card number.

“We don’t operate that way,” says Krienhop. “Law enforcement will never call you asking for money. If it doesn’t sound right, it probably isn’t.”

In the Dearborn County cases reported, the callers claimed to be Lieutenants Carr and Captain Davis. Nobody by those names works for the sheriff’s department, Kreinhop says.

People who receive the call are asked to call the sheriff’s department, (812) 537-3431, and report the scam with as much information as possible.