Archive for Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Shawnee man: Caller posed as officer to collect bogus fine

January 21, 2014, 4:20 p.m.

Updated: January 21, 2014, 4:20 p.m.

For the second time in about a week a Shawnee resident reported receiving a call from a man posing as a law enforcement officer seeking payment of an unpaid fine.

Maj. Bill Hisle, Shawnee police spokesman, said the latest incident was reported on Monday and unlike the previous case the victim did as instructed by the caller.

The victim told officers he received a suspicious call from a man who identified himself as Lt. Williams from the Johnson County Sheriff's Office warrants division.

Hisle said the caller told the man he had an outstanding warrant for speeding that was caught on a red light camera.

The caller told the man to avoid being arrested for failure to appear in court he needed to purchase a "Green Dot" prepaid card for $500, according to Hisle.

The victim was then instructed to call the man back and provide him with the card number, Hisle said, which the victim did.

The man later became suspicious and notified Shawnee police.

In the previous incident on Jan. 11, Hisle said the caller was likely using a prepaid cell phone to contact the victims.

Hisle said a police department will never call someone and ask for any account information or demand payment for a ticket.

“We do call from time to time to advise someone of a municipal warrant, but they are always given the opportunity to show up in court or at the police department to take care of the warrant,” he said.

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