Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

December 13, 2013

State police warn about scammers threatening arrest

From Staff Reports
Kokomo Tribune

---- — State police are warning people about a yet another scam filtering around the area involving state troopers.

“It seems as quickly as you hear about one scam it disappears and another one starts,” Sgt. Trent Smith of the Indiana State Police in Indianapolis said in a media release.

Smith said the latest scam involves an individual claiming to be from a law enforcement agency. The scammer typically threatens to arrest the victim if they don’t pay fines for some fabricated crime or debt. To make matters worse the crooks often have some personal information about the victim, which makes them seem more legitimate, said Smith.

Recently state police have received complaints about this scam.

One state police detective investigating a complaint turned the tables on the scammer and called him back. The man claiming to work for the Indiana State Police didn’t answer so the detective left a message and the man called back. The scammer proceeded to tell the detective that he had a warrant for his arrest. He explained that in order to take care of it and avoid being arrested at work, the detective would need to buy two Green Dot prepaid cards for $1,000 and then call him back with the account numbers. The conversation lasted more than 30 minutes and ended once the scammer realized he was talking to the police.

The investigation in this case is ongoing, but more than likely it will turn into a dead end, said Smith.

In this scam case, as with most, the calls are originating from cell phones all over the U.S. and tracking down the 21st century con artist is no easy task. State police feel a well-informed public is the best defense in combating scammers and remind everyone that an influx of this type of crime is often seen during the holiday season.