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Sheriff's office says look out for scam phone calls

The Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Office is warning the public about a phone scam.

Posted: Nov 27, 2017 5:56 PM
Updated: Nov 28, 2017 4:44 AM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — The Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Office is warning the public about a phone scam.

Many locals have reported getting calls, telling them they were absent from jury duty or failed to appear in court.

The calls come from a 237 area code.

The Sheriff's office says don't answer numbers you don't recognize.

Many of the calls started coming in on Black Friday and over the weekend.

Sheriff Barry Richard says stay up to date on the scam by checking the department's social media.

"Start tracking this, we're going to make sure that the public is aware of this by letting the press release as we did, putting it on our Sheriff's Facebook and making sure the public is aware of these calls," said Richard.

He also says they expect more calls to come in, making reporting these incidents key to the investigation.

"I think that they're going to get it but it's important that they report it to us, that we can take the information, find out best we can if there's a way to trace it back or find out who's making the calls. Turn it into a type of investigation that will lead us to who's trying to scam our community and what their motives are," said Richard.

Richard says if you receive a call, contact local law enforcement with specific information.

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