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Indiana State Police warn of phone scam circulating area


Indiana State Police want you to be aware of a phone scam that has been circulating in the area.  This latest scam was actually discovered when the scammer, claiming to be a deputy from the Indiana State Police, called an ISP detective without realizing it.

The scammer tells the potential victim that they will be arrested if they don't pay fines connected to a fake crime.  The criminals often have some personal information about the victim, to help sell the story.

In this case, the potential victim was told to but two "green dot money packs" for $1,000 and then call back with the account number.

The scammers have not been caught, and Sgt. Tent Smith says it could likely turn into a dead end.  "In this scam case, as with most of them, the calls are originating from cell phones all over the US and tracking down the 21st century con artist is no easy task," said authorities in a written statement. 

Police say the best defense against scammers is being informed and vigilant about scams.

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