EPD Warn of Local Phone Scam Involving Fake Deputy
The Evansville Police Department issues a warning to Evansville and Vanderburgh County residents to be aware of a man claiming to be deputy sheriff looking to scam them out of money.
According to a post on the EPD's Facebook page on Wednesday, the man identifies himself as Deputy James Marshall and claims a Vanderburgh County Judge as issued an arrest warrant for the victim for failing to appear for jury duty, or some other made up charge.
The post goes on to say that the man then instructs the potential victim to go to a local store, purchase a prepaid credit card, then provide him with the PIN number so he can log it into the court records (Which right off the bat sounds fishy to me. You can't buy your way out of an arrest warrant to my knowledge).
The EPD reminds the public to keep the following three things in mind if they receive a call from this man, or anyone else asking for similar payments:
1. A true and valid arrest warrant can be verified by calling your local law enforcement agency, the county prosecutor’s office or the county clerk.
2. Neither law enforcement agencies nor a county court will initiate a phone call directing anyone to purchase credit cards and then provide that card information to them in order to clear up any legal matter.
3. If anyone is in doubt of the identity of a caller claiming to be a law enforcement officer or a court official they should request their name, badge or employee number, and a contact number to call. Then you can call that respective agency and confirm the information.
If you or someone you know has received one of these calls, or has any information on the identity of the man behind the scam, call the anonymous We Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME, the Evansville Police Department at (812) 436-7979, or the Financial Crimes Unit at (812) 436-7991.