Fake officer targets Shawnee residents in bank scam - KCTV5

Fake officer targets Shawnee residents in bank scam

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SHAWNEE, KS (KCTV) -

The Shawnee Police Department is warning others of a scam after someone has been posing as a Kansas City area police officer, soliciting money and credit card information.

It's a case of one Shawnee resident being extremely heads up.

"The person that reported this to us was obviously very wise and thinking on her feet," Maj. Bill Hisle said.

A Shawnee woman received a strange phone call Saturday saying she had run a red light camera and there was a warrant out for her arrest.  The man, posing as a police officer, was demanding credit card information.

The return number has already been disconnected, but officers say the phony officer had even set up a voicemail message using the name Lt. Dan Brown.

"We quite often get calls from people who receive calls from someone claiming to be from a utility company, but this is the first time of a person claiming to be a police officer trying to get your credit card information," Hisle said.

Shawnee police say they will never call anyone over payment of a ticket, and if someone does call asking for money, officers want people to call them as soon as possible.

"Police departments do not call asking for your credit card number, neither for any kind of cash payment or anything like that," Hisle said.

Officers say anytime someone receives a call asking for money they should question it.

Shawnee police say the phone the phony officer used was a pre-paid cell phone.  It is a crime that growing nationwide, but the first if it's kind reported in Shawnee.

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