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Law enforcement warns of scam threatening arrests for unpaid citations

The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office is receiving complaints about individual (s) calling and telling citizens that they have an unpaid traffic citation that needs paid. If the citation isn’t paid a warrant will be issued.


Other callers used court terms such as “subpoena”, telling the victim that they had ignored a subpoena that involved an investigation. The victim didn’t stay on the telephone with the scammer or suspect, they terminated the call.


There is no “Law Enforcement” agency or Court in Johnson County that will call and ask for payment of any kind over the telephone.  The Johnson County Sheriff;s office says they tell people if you do not recognize the number do not answer it. Also, never provide your social security number or any financial information, banking or credit card numbers.


These scammers do their research  and will attempt to use names of law enforcement officers who may actually work in Johnson County. Johnson County Sheriff Duane Burgess said he can ensure that he does not call citizens nor do his deputies call and request payments of any kind.


Notes from the Indiana Attorney General’s Office


  • Be on alert for communications with dangerous attachments or fraudulent links.
  • Treat any emails or texts with subject lines or information about coronavirus with caution.
  • Avoid clicking on links in unsolicited emails and be wary of email attachments.
  • Always verify the email addresses of those who send you emails.
  • Use trusted, legitimate government websites to obtain up-to-date information.
  • Don’t reveal personal or financial information via email or text message.
  • Verify the authenticity of a charity before donating money.