Sheriff’s Office Warns of Phone Scam

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The Vigo County Sheriff’s Office wants people to beware of a phone scam involving a request for warrant money at the risk of being “arrested.”

During the past few days, the Vigo County Sheriff’s Office has received several reports from citizens concerning a phone call they received from a “Sergeant Middleton” informing them that they have an arrest warrant for their failing to appear for jury duty.

“This is definitely a scam,” Chief Deputy John Moats said.

The caller is claiming to be with the VCSO and informs them that they owe $1,200 for the warrant. The caller will then advise the only way to avoid arrest and a criminal record is to immediately send a $650 payment.

The VCSO does not have an employee with the name “Sergeant Middleton” nor do they have a Warrant Division.

“Under no circumstances will we call demanding money for a warrant,” Chief Moats said. Detectives with the VCSO continue to follow leads in this case.

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