La Porte County Sheriff's Office warns of phone scams

LA PORTE COUNTY, Ind. - The La Porte County Sheriff's Office says they were made aware of two different scam phone calls occurring in the area, where the callers are pretending to be the sheriff.

Officials say the first scam is a related to the Sex and Violent Offender Registry (SVOR).

Authorities state that registered sex offenders are receiving unsolicited calls from someone claiming to be Sheriff Heeg.

It's reported that the scammer is telling the registered sex offender a payment of $2,500 in GreenDot prepaid cards is needed to pay a fine.

Police say the other scam involves arrest warrants. Again, a person claiming to be Sheriff Heeg, is contacting citizens, but states there are arrest warrants for the citizen and a money order is needed to avoid arrest.

La Porte County authorities say Sheriff Heeg, nor any employee of the La Porte County Sheriff’s Office, will ever make telephone calls with such requests related to the SVOR or arrest warrants.

Police encourage citizens to end any calls they receive that are similar to these two.

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