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Avoiding holiday scams

Recently, a man posing as a Vigo County deputy told a Terre Haute woman she had to pay up or she would face jail time. But not every call from an officer is a scam.

Posted: Dec 14, 2017 8:01 AM

VIGO COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) – In November, we brought you a story involving a Terre Haute woman. A man posing as a Vigo County deputy told her she had to pay up or she would face jail time.

He was asking for nearly $2,000 dollars.

This did turn out to be a scam. But not every call from an officer is.

For example, the Terre Haute Police Department will ask people for money for the Shopping for the Kids program, formerly known as Shop with a Cop.

They raise money all year. This allows them to buy gifts for kids who otherwise would go without at Christmas.

“So they may be calling in February for next year, which may seem odd, it's not even close to Christmas,” said John Plasse, Chief of THPD. “But it's an actual legitimate one. But again don't hesitate to call about it if you have a question or don't feel right about it.”

Plasse says in this case, a caller should say they are with the Fraternal Order of Police.

If you question any calls, police recommend verifying the charity first, then calling back.

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