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OSP Warns of Phone Scams

Oregon State PoliceSALEM, Ore. — Oregon State Police are warning of another warrant payment collection scam.

OSP says scammers claiming to be with the Oregon State Police (OSP) placed phone calls during the last seven days to a victim, an adult Hispanic male from Forest Grove, threatening to arrest him if he didn’t pay for a supposed warrant that the caller said existed.

After providing his bank account number over the phone, the frightened victim reported he purchase a Green Dot MoneyPak card to make a payment.

OSP also received a report of a scam with similar circumstances, threatening that if the victim didn’t call a “James Brown” at a provided number in the “210” area code then OSP would issue another warrant for his arrest. The victim said the caller knew the last four digits of the victim’s social security number.

Since November 2012, OSP received a few complaints from citizens regarding similar telephone calls from individuals claiming to be with OSP demanding money in exchange for dropping criminal charges or clearing arrest warrants. Similar cases have also involved callers using titles of “Officer” and “Deputy”.

Oregon State Police would like to remind the public that OSP or any other legitimate law enforcement agency does not call citizens seeking payment for outstanding traffic citations or warrants. Officers do not demand money from citizens under any circumstances.

If you receive a similar call, disconnect without providing any information or taking any instructions from the caller. Contact your local Police Department, Sheriff’s Office or Oregon State Police.

You may also file a complaint with the Oregon Department of Justice Consumer Protection Office via the 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 this website.