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Indiana mom scammed out of money she was going to use for kids' Christmas gifts

Posted: 4:20 PM, Nov 23, 2018
Updated: 2018-11-25 20:03:10Z

FRANKLIN, Indiana — Authorities in Indiana are warning people of a scam involving a person who is claiming to be a sheriff's deputy in order to deceive people into sending money.

According to a report from the Johnson County Sheriff's Office, a woman came to the Johnson County Jail on Wednesday who said while she was at work she received a call from an individual who claimed to be a sheriff's deputy.

The individual told the woman she had a warrant for her arrest due to failure to appear for jury duty selection. The suspect told the woman if she wanted to avoid arrest she needed to pay the fines by purchasing $1,000 worth of Apple Store gift cards. The suspect also told the woman she would need to go to the sheriff's office with her receipts to prove her identity.

After making the initial purchase in pre-paid gift cards, the suspect informed the woman $500 was not transferred, according to the sheriff's office. The suspect reportedly told the woman to purchase another $500 in pre-paid Apple gift cards. The woman said she was on the phone with the suspect for approximately two hours until all the transactions were made and confirmed. She then drove to the sheriff's office where she was informed she was the victim of a scam.

The woman was distraught and told deputies she is recently divorced and the money used from her saving account was being saved for her children's Christmas gifts.