Beware of scam caller identifying himself as LP County sergeant

Press release from LaPorte County Sheriff’s Office

The LaPorte County Sheriff’s Office is warning area residents of a fraudulent scam. The sheriff’s office have received several complaints from citizens reporting that they’ve received a phone call from a person identifying himself as LaPorte County Sheriff’s Sergeant Tony Wallace, and that the citizen is in criminal trouble for missing jury duty. The caller then advises that the citizen can pay a fine using “Green Dot” cards, thus keeping themselves out of trouble.

The sheriff’s office encourages all citizens to be wary of any caller who wants to be paid by using a gift card or to have money wired to a location. Further, the sheriff’s office does not conduct business of this nature by telephone and never requires payment via a money or gift card. Anything of a true and official nature from the sheriff’s office would be served in document form by a deputy sheriff after it had been approved by a court.

“It is unfortunate that scam artists are preying on our citizens and using the authority of law enforcement to coerce them into using their savings for these scams,” said LaPorte County Sheriff John Boyd. “We always encourage anyone who receives suspicious calls like this one to call the sheriff’s department and speak with a deputy to verify their concerns. We also encourage folks not to rush into paying when a scammer calls and always take a few minutes to verify the information.”                      

2 Responses to “Beware of scam caller identifying himself as LP County sergeant”

  1. Jon

    Sep 28. 2018

    I got this call. When the phone rangthe caller ID actually had my own number. Weird! I knew it was a scam, but to see that they were able to spoof my own phone number…

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  2. Julie Kessler

    Sep 29. 2018

    Please also know I got a scam call supposedly from “Verizon.” Told me my account was flagged because someone filed a a complaint against my phone number. I immediately tried to log on and couldn’t. The caller texted me a temporary password. Looked exactly like Verizon’s texts. He wanted me to log in with a new password. I told him I wouldn’t be taking any action “until further review.” He was smooth! Gave me his name, his “Verizon” agent ID number and the number to call him back. Of course I called Verizon, the real number. They said it was definitely a scam. No such person nor number, and they never call the customer unless it’s about an overdue bill or an alert about repairs. I can see how someone could be taken in by this. Also, he had told me, oh, ok, well that’s fine then, we’ll take that flag off your account. Me: “So, just because I said I didn’t do anything to warrant a complaint, you’re going to just let it go? What if I were to make such a complaint –you’d simply take the other person’s word for it?” Him: “Oh, no, we’ll contact the other customer.” Um, what? Lot of detail here but don’t want someone to be taken in.

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