Jail bond scam circulates state

A scam that attempts to trick people into paying additional money to bond out of jail is circulating Indiana.

The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office was notified of other attempts in Indiana and officials want local residents to take steps to avoid falling for it, Sheriff Doug Cox said.

Scammers monitor public websites that provide information about criminal cases, looking for people who recently bonded out of jail. Then, the scammers will call the people, telling them that they did not paid enough and had been mistakenly released, Cox said.

The scammer will then attempt to get them to pay the additional amount over the phone, he said.

If a mistake were to be made with a bond amount, the court would issue a new warrant for the person to be picked up and brought back to pay the new bond, Cox said.

The sheriff’s office and other police departments will never call someone asking for more money. Anyone who receives a call like this should contact police, he said.

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Jacob Tellers is a reporter at the Daily Journal. He can be reached at jtellers@dailyjournal.net or 317-736-2702.