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VCSO Warns Residents of Phone Scam; Fake Deputy US Marshal Claims Victim Missed Jury Duty

VCSO Warns Residents of Phone Scam; Fake Deputy US Marshal Claims Victim Missed Jury Duty

Bill Stephens

May 27th, 2016

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NEWS RELEASE

The Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office has received multiple reports of telephone fraud involving a caller claiming to be a Deputy US Marshal.

The caller claimed that someone in the household missed jury duty and that a bench warrant had been issued.  The caller stated the victim could clear up the arrest warrant by paying a fine and requested money cards (typically purchased at convenience stores) as a form of payment. Today one victim lost nearly $2,000 to the scammer.

This type of scam, in one form or another, occurs routinely all over the United States every day. Residents are advised to treat any unsolicited caller who requests payment or access to personally identifiable information with extreme skepticism, regardless of who the caller claims to represent. When in doubt get the caller’s name, hang up, and then call the business or government entity back at a phone number you know to be correct.

 

 

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