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Second area police department issues warning about phone scam

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Two local law enforcement agencies have a warning for you. Right now two phone scams are circulating throughout our area.

police say the perps are using police department's caller ID to trick you.

Scammers using the South Bend Police Department number will call saying there's an active investigation going on and you need to send them money or else there will be a warrant issued for your arrest.

Previously we passed on a warning from the Elkhart County Sheriff Department's, who says someone spoofing their number on caller ID is telling people there's a warrant for their arrest because they missed jury duty.

The scammer may then instruct you to purchase iTunes gift cards to pay for court fees totaling more than $2,000.

At least two people have fallen victim already.

Since these con artists are capable of spoofing official caller ID numbers, if you really want to make sure there's no issue, hang up and find your phone company's official support line and call them.

Police say they'll never ask for payments over the phone.

If you get a call like this, police say hang up! This isn't legitimate.

But if it's too late and you do fall for it, you can file a theft report with the Federal Trade Commission.

"If you did send something and you realize you may have been a victim of this, definitely give us a call,” said Ken Garcia, SBPD Spokesperson. “File a police report so we are aware of it. And more than anything if you do receive that phone call, let us know, because we're trying to keep track of where it's popping up."

Right now they haven't been able to figure out who is making these calls or if they're even in the area.

And police say scams like these are more common as we approach the holidays.

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