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Phone Scam: Fake Sheriff’s Deputy Claims Victim Missed Jury Duty

Phone Scam: Fake Sheriff’s Deputy Claims Victim Missed Jury Duty

Bill Stephens

October 4th, 2016

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NEWS RELEASE

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

The caller claimed that someone in the household missed jury duty and that unless they obtained a money card to pay a fine they would be arrested. The caller knew the correct name of the resident, but did not appear to possess any personally identifiable information.

The Sheriff’s Office does not notify prospective jurors via phone or mail nor do we solicit the payment of fines or fees on behalf of the court. Area 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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