Detectives working from the Indiana State Police Peru District have recently received complaints about a potential scam targeting local restaurants.
The restaurant receives a phone call. The caller tells the answering employee they are from a local law enforcement agency and conducting a counterfeit money investigation. The caller tells the employee that the restaurant possibly has counterfeit money. The employee is then instructed to gather all the restaurant’s money and meet the caller at a location away from the restaurant, purportedly to check for counterfeit money. This is an attempt to steal the restaurant’s money.
Scammers are constantly coming up with new tricks and have recently been impersonating members of law enforcement. Sometimes they will use software that shows the incoming call is from a police department. Their sole purpose is to attempt to steal from individuals and businesses.
Law enforcement officers will not call you and request you bring them money.
If you happen to receive unsolicited phone calls similar in nature:
Don’t give in to the pressure to act.
Don’t engage in conversation with suspected scammers.
Don’t send or take money to a caller. Also, don’t wire money or pay a scammer with a prepaid debit card or gift card.
Don’t travel to any location the caller asks you to go.
Hang up and call the police.