Law Enforcement: Watch Out for Phoney Police Scam

Posted at: 11/14/2013 1:30 PM

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(ABC 6 News) - Local law enforcement agencies are warning residents to be on the lookout for a scam artist, after a local couple was tricked out of $386.

Authorities say an Eyota couple received a call last week from someone claiming to be a Rochester Police Sargeant. He said the couple's son had traffic warrants for his arrest. He said if they paid off his traffic tickets over the phone, it would only cost $386. Otherwise the fine would increase by Monday.

The couple gave their debit card information to the caller before they realized it was a scam.

When the scam was reported, police called back the return number and was told by the scammer they’ve tricked residents out of $500 already and don’t plan to stop. The phone is prepaid and unable to track.

Authorities say local law enforcement agencies do not solicit money for warrants over the phone.