Police won't ask you to pay fines with iTunes gift cards

ELKHART COUNTY, Ind. (WNDU) Two victims gave scammers more than $5,000 in iTunes gift cards after being led to believe that they were paying court fees.

Both cases occurred this week in Elkhart County, according to the Sheriff's Department.

The scammers used a "spoofing" technique to make the victim believe the call was coming from the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department.

On Monday, a female suspect contacted a victim and falsely identified herself as an officer with the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department.

The suspect told the victim that they had missed jury duty, resulting in warrants for their arrest. The suspect instructed the victim to purchase iTunes gift cards totaling $2,050 to pay court fees for not showing up for jury duty.

On Tuesday, a male and a female suspect contacted a victim and falsely identified themselves as officers from the Sheriff’s Department.

The victim was led to believe that they had missed jury duty and needed to pay the department $3,000 in iTunes gift cards to avoid being charged with contempt of court.

The victim purchased the cards and gave the numbers to the suspects.

"The Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department does not call to elicit payments over the telephone from the public and would never ask anyone to provide their banking information, credit card information, or to pay fines through the use of iTunes gift cards," Capt. James L. Bradberry said in a media release.

Anyone with information about these incidents or those who wish to report similar incidents should contact the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department at 574-533-4151.

Similar spoofing scams are targeting residents throughout Michiana. You should never provide a caller with your personal or banking information.