Lake Co. warning of scam against seniors

2014-02-03T18:30:00Z 2014-02-03T21:08:12Z Lake Co. warning of scam against seniorsTimes Staff nwitimes.com
February 03, 2014 6:30 pm  • 

Lake County police are warning of a telephone scam targeting seniors.

In the scam, a man calls and identifies himself as Dan Brown or another fictitious name, saying he is from the Lake County Sheriff's Department. The man then says the person he is calling has an active warrant out for their arrest, that they've missed a court date and that a fine is due.

The caller then asks the senior to purchase a Visa Green Dot credit/gift card for a specific amount and asks the senior to call him back with a code on the back of the card and keep the card until they are issued a new court date.

Police said seniors have been asked on occasion to stay on the line with the subject while they go out to purchase the Visa Green Dot card, saying if they hang up someone will come to their home and arrest them.

Police reminded seniors the Sheriff's Department never accepts money for bonds of fines, which must be paid in person to the Lake County Clerk's Office.

Anyone receiving calls of this nature are asked to contact the Lake County Sheriff's Department at (219) 755-3334 or Detective John Biter at (219) 755-3346.

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