Statement issued Monday:
The Indiana State Police at the Peru District would like to alert the people of Wabash County and surrounding localities of a scam for money. Individuals are posing as associates of the Indiana State Police and are collecting money for the needy children for Thanksgiving.
Starting on October 22nd of this year, two subjects, a white male approximately 45 to 50 years old wearing glasses and a younger male who made phone calls to individuals went door to door trying to collect the money. The two were seen in a small dark gray or black Toyota sedan with a tow bar attachment on the front with Kentucky plates. The suspects did produce Kentucky Driver’s License when asked for identification and they stated they were associated with the Indiana State Police. If you are approached or contacted by phone by these individuals, contact First Sergeant Bob Land of the Peru State Police Post at 1-800-382-0689 or 765-473-6666.
Citizens of Indiana should be aware that the Indiana State Police does not go door to door soliciting money for any reason. If you are approached for a donation from a solicitor going door to door, get a contact number, full information from the person requesting the money, research the organization that is requesting the money, and contact them to see if this is the protocol the organization follows when collecting the money. If they are a reputable organization, they will not be offended if you ask these questions and would come back another time to collect. If they are not willing to cooperate, contact your local police department or the Indiana State Police and report the incident. It is your money so protect it the best you can.