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Jail bail scam hits in Kosciusko County

Statement as issued Thursday by the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department:

The Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department detectives are warning citizens of yet another telephone scam attempt to elicit money from citizens in Kosciusko County.

The crime initially begins with the alleged suspect calling an individual and claiming that a family member or employee is currently in jail and needs bail money. The caller will then ask the potential victim to forward money for bail, fines and court costs via a Green Dot prepaid money card, or other similar source.

The scam-caller will fraudulently portray themselves as a police officer, sheriff’s deputy or a member of the jail staff to gain the confidence of the potential victim. The Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department will not call soliciting for bail money for any person in jail.

K.C.S.D. detectives wish to remind the public that money wired or transferred through the use of money pak/prepaid credit card type services is not refundable and cannot be recovered for the victim. The suspects are known to prey upon older citizens by confusing and obscuring the victim during the telephone conversation. If contacted, officers are advising the public to simply hang-up and then report the incident to the local law enforcement agency in their jurisdiction.

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