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CCSO issues scam alert

BY SHARON BARDONNER - sbardonner@ftimes.com

Chief Deputy Joe Mink of the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office issued a scam alert Thursday to warn local businesspeople and individuals that someone was using the name of a sheriff’s deputy to obtain money fraudulently.

According to Mink, a Clinton County business was contacted by a person representing himself as Clinton County Sheriff’s Deputy Jerrad Blacker. The person who received the call was told that an arrest warrant had been issued for them for failing to appear in court.

“The caller directed the conversation towards the business owner’s personal identity,” to obtain information they could use to defraud them, Mink explained. 

The scammer’s goal was to persuade the business owner to pay a fee or a fine to handle the matter by telephone.

 

 “At no time will a deputy of Clinton County call you on the phone about a warrant. All arrest warrants will be served by a deputy in person,” Mink emphasized.

He also cautioned local residents never to provide any personal information if they receive any type of call asking for money.

Con artists may also call people and tell them they owe money for back taxes, late utility bills or to bail a relative out of jail. Individuals who have any inkling that a call may be fraudulent should hang up immediately and contact authorities.

“Call Clinton County Central Dispatch at 765-654-5563 to make a report,” said Mink.