Police warn of telephone scammers identifying as officers

Published: Sep. 27, 2018 at 4:06 PM EDT
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Police are warning about a telephone scam in which the caller identifies as an officer and threatens criminal trouble unless a fine is paid.

The caller says that the potential victim missed jury duty but that trouble can be avoided if the person pays a fine with a Green Dot card.

Scammers have targeted people throughout our community, but the most recent warning comes from the La Porte County Sheriff’s Department. They say the scam caller has identified himself as Sergeant Tony Wallace, but scammers may use different names.

"The sheriff’s office encourages all citizens to be wary of any caller that wants to be paid by using a gift card or to have money wired to a location," the LaPorte County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. "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 La Porte County Sheriff John Boyd. "We always encourage anyone that 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.”