Beware of scamsThe Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department has received numerous reports of residents receiving telephone calls from individuals representing themselves as one of the county’s deputies.

The telephone number that has been used was 574-549-5146 and actually had a generic “County Sheriff” extension menu, when called back.

The suspects are seeking restitution for a missed court date or subpoena and want gift cards for payment.

Although a Sheriff’s Office does serve civil process court papers, they are not responsible for collecting fees; which are generally paid at the County Clerk’s Office. Personal information such as an Operator’s License Number, Social Security Number or Banking information should never be given to an unknown party.

While this scam is happening in Kosciusko County, Sheriff Dukes warns citizens in surrounding counties that they should be on the watch for similar scams in their counties.