ISP warn: watch out for a man claiming to be a local scam

Indiana State Police at Evansville are warning the public of a local scam.

They are investigating two separate incidents where people have handed over money to man claiming to be a landlord who is about to evict his tenants.

ISP Detectives believe this man will continue to scam others if given the chance.

In the most recent incident, which happened on April 15th, an Evansville Pastor picked up a phone call from a person alleging to be broke.

The man told the pastor he needed $95 to partially cover his rent and avoid being evicted.

The man went on to say he had a sick wife who was currently being treated for health issues at Deaconess Gateway Hospital in Newburgh.

The pastor drove out to meet the man, but couldn't find the alleged wife.

When the pastor asked the front desk if she was staying at the hospital, he was told no one under a matching name was a patient there. The pastor canceled the check.

On a separate incident in February, a man contacted a representative of St. Vincent DePaul Society in Evansville with a similar story.

The representative wrote out a check for $120 dollars, but later became suspicious when all the phone numbers he was given for the tenants and landlord were either disconnected or not correct.

Police say they don't know if the man is acting alone or if he has others helping him. Detectives say  the suspect is a white male and approximately 40-years-old. No other description is available at this time. 

Anyone with information concerning these incidents is encouraged to contact Indiana State Police at 812-867-2079 or 1-800-852-3970.