Oregon State Police warn of a recurring scam in which a caller claiming to be a trooper demands money in exchange for dropping criminal charges or clearing arrest warrants.
In the latest round of calls reported in the past week, men with foreign accents seek payment to clear warrants or cancel court appearances, OSP said in a news release.
The news release explained that OSP doesn't call people and make such demands.
The Oregon Judicial Department advises that courts sometimes use an independent collection service to collect unpaid monetary judgments and fines. Those legitimate callers will have a court case number, date of ticket, vehicle license, location of violation and other details related to an outstanding traffic citation. People also can call the department's collections hotline at 1-888-564-2828 to verify whether the call is legitimate.
Those who think they have been called by a scammer should disconnect the call without providing any information and contact their local police, sheriff's department or OSP office, authorities said. People also can file a complaint with the Oregon Department of Justice Consumer Protection Office via a consumer hotline at 1-877-877-9392 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or complete an online consumer complaint form anytime at www.doj.state.or.us/consumer/Pages/complaint.aspx.
Police said similar scams have been reported nationwide. The Jackson County Sheriff's Department reported false calls being made in its name earlier this month.