Danville police warn of fake lawman calling to threaten, steal money from Hoosiers

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DANVILLE, Ind. (Dec. 25, 2014) -- Danville police say a man is pretending to be an officer of the law and is making threatening phone calls to Hoosiers.

At least one man fell victim to the scam, and he's out money at the worst possible time for anybody.

Police say the scam artist is posing as Hendricks County Sheriff Captain John Salmon, who isn't real, and calls to say there is a warrant out for your arrest because you missed a court date or jury summons. The "so-called" Captain says you can satisfy the warrant if you give him money.

A man from Danville, who didn't want to be identified, said he got a voice mail from the scam artist. After playing phone tag, the two finally got in touch with each other.

The scammer told the victim he had two warrants out for his arrest, and if he didn't put more than $700 on a prepaid Green Dot Card and read the card numbers over the phone, he would be arrested.

Fearing it was real, the victim did what he was told.

"I found some Christmas cash here at the house, then I went to the ATM and withdrew from my savings account. Depleted it," the victim said.

The scam artist won't hang up until he confirms he has your money.

In the case of the man from Danville, the money was stolen at the worst possible time.

"Going to medical bills right now. Well, I don't know where it's going now, somebody's having a good party with it. Not us," the victim said.

Danville Police, Hendricks County Sheriff deputies and any police department would never call about an outstanding warrant, they'll do it in person. It's also important to remember that money will never satisfy a warrant.

"If anyone wants money over the phone, don't do it, especially if they say a Green Dot card or Western Union or whatever. Just don't do it," the victim said.

Police say Green Dot cards are one of the newest ways scam artists are getting money from their victims. They're purchased with cash and difficult, if not impossible, for police to track.

If you've received one of these calls, or have become a victim, you're asked to call Detective Oliphant with the Danville Police Department at (317) 745-2486.