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Tippecanoe County police warning citizens of law enforcement scam

Posted: 11:39 PM, May 24, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-24 23:39:54-04
'Spoof' scams stealing phone numbers

TIPPECANOE COUNTY — For the second time this year, the Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Office is warning citizens of a law enforcement impersonation that is attempting to scam people.

According to police, the caller is a male suspect who has portrayed himself to be two different members of Tippecanoe County's law enforcement.

On Friday, a victim of one of these scams received a phone call from 765-423-1544 and was told they had a bench warrant out for their arrest for missing jury duty. The victim was told they could clear the legal issue by purchasing pre-paid Visa cards from Kroger or Office Depot and providing the suspect with the numbers from the cards.

The Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Department does not contact citizens by telephone, nor do they ask for payments for warrants, writs, missed court dates, or jury duty.