Local resident avoids would-be scammer with jail claims

Bartholomew County Sheriff Matt Myers says that an alert resident avoided a phone scam aimed at grandparents. The sheriff says that a local woman reported earlier in the week that she had been contacted from someone pretending to be from the Bartholomew County Jail.

The scammer claimed that the woman’s grandchild was in jail and needed money immediately.

But while she took information from the caller, she then hung up and called the jail herself. That confirmed that the call was a hoax.

The sheriff says that whenever you get a call like this, you should just hang up. He says that scammers will say or do anything to get your hard-earned money.