OSP Warns Of Scam Phone Calls

Scammers claiming to be with the Oregon State Police are reportedly placing pre-recorded phone calls to some Oregonians telling them they owe money for unpaid traffic tickets, then asking that a Green Dot MoneyPak card be used to make the payment. These calls, which may begin with a siren sound, are fraudulent and should be ignored, warned the OSP and the Oregon Department of Justice.

On March 26th, OSP got a report of the scam when a citizen reported getting a phone call from a restricted number. An automated voice identified himself as “Alex James Murphy with the Oregon State Police.” The caller stated a “bench warrant” had been issued on an unpaid speeding ticket issued on Interstate 205. The pre-recorded call gave further instructions to purchase a Green Dot MoneyPak reloadable debit card and place $154 on the card, then call back to another phone number and provide the Green Dot card number and security code to pay the citation and avoid further legal action.

OSP reminds the public to be aware that:

* OSP or any other legitimate law enforcement agency does not call citizens seeking payment for outstanding traffic citations.

* OSP does not call individuals and demand money from citizens under any circumstances.

* Individuals claiming to collect debts may try to instill fear in potential victims to persuade them to forward money.

This entry was posted on Wednesday, March 27th, 2013 and is filed under Local News, State News.