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State Police issue warning about bogus arrest threats

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The message on the man’s voicemail said that a warrant would be issued for his arrest if he didn’t call back immediately. The caller, however--claiming to be an Indiana State Police deputy--was unaware that the person he’d called was an actual detective with the ISP.

This latest scam involves a caller claiming to be from a law enforcement agency who typically threatens to arrest his victims if they don’t pay the fines for some fabricated crime or debt. To make matters worse, the crooks often have some personal information about the victim, which make them seem more legitimate.

The ISP has recently received complaints about this scam and an ISP detective investigating one complaint turned the tables on the scammer and called him. The scammer proceeded to tell the detective that he had a warrant for his arrest and explained that in order to clear the matter and avoid being arrested at work the detective needed to buy two green dot money packs for $1,000, then call him back with the account number. The conversation lasted more than 30 minutes and ended after the scammer was fully convinced that he was talking to the police, the ISP said.

“The investigation in this case is ongoing but more than likely it will turn into a dead end,” the ISP said. “In this scam case as with most of them the calls are originating from cell phones all over the U.S. and tracking down the 21st century con artist is no easy task. The state police feel that a well informed public is the best defense in combating scammers and remind everyone that an influx in this type of crime is often seen during the holiday season.”


Posted 12/13/2013