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Scammer impersonating Putnam County Sheriff member in phone fraud case

There's a financial phone scam circulating in Putnam County involving someone impersonating a member of the Sheriff’s Office.  Sheriff Kevin McConville has received reports from residents of a man calling and claiming to be Sgt Jason Cooke from the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office at 3 County Center in Carmel.  The caller states that the resident is facing legal consequences for failing to comply with a prior or current criminal matter and that they are required to post monetary bail in lieu of being arrested.  The imposter says bail must be paid in gift cards, providing him with the numbers to the cards.  The Sheriff's Office though will never call to ask residents for money or to purchase gift cards to satisfy a legal matter.  There is no one employed at the Sheriff’s Office with the name Sgt Jason Cooke.  Residents are warned to be cautious when getting these calls and to notify the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Bureau of Criminal Investigation at 845-225-4300 if they are contacted.

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