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State police warn of phone scam

The Oregon State Police periodically receives complaints regarding telephone calls from individuals claiming to be OSP troopers or representatives seeking money in exchange for dropping criminal charges, clearing arrest warrants or threats of arrest if demands are not met.

OSP recently became aware of a phone scam where male callers with foreign accents are calling citizens in Oregon and identifying themselves as members of the Oregon State Police. Callers instruct their intended victims to call within a certain period of time and arrange monetary payment to clear an arrest warrant or to cancel a pending court appearance.

This is a scam and is not an activity undertaken by the OSP or any other legitimate law enforcement agency or officer. OSP never calls individuals to demand money. This scam is similar in nature to other scams reported across the United States.

Victims are encouraged to disconnect the call without providing any information and contact their local police department, sheriff’s office or OSP. Intended victims are also asked to file a complaint with the Oregon Department of Justice Consumer Protection Office via the Consumer Hotline, 1-877-877-9392 or complete a complaint for online, doj.state.or.us/consumer/Pages/complaint.



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