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New Phone Scammers Stage as OSP Troopers

EUGENE, Ore. – Oregon State Police and the Oregon Department of Justice warn of a reported phone scam attempting to get money for non-existent arrest warrants.

OSP says a man received a phone call from a person identifying himself as Deputy James Anderson with the Oregon State Police. The scammer provided a badge number and said the man had a warrant for his arrest and directed him to call a 410 area code phone number to speak with Jason Washington.

An OSP detective called the 410 area code number and spoke with a man who had a Middle Eastern accent and identified himself as Jason Washington. The man was very persistent and had knowledge of the resident’s personal information including his Oregon driver’s license, social security number, and email address. He told the OSP detective to send $549 to the Western Union or a reloadable prepaid card. When asked for an address where the money could be sent the man hung up.

OSP says scammers claiming to be with the state police have placed calls since November 2012. Other calls have also been made to residents in Rhode Island, New Mexico and California.

OSP reminds that it never calls citizens seeking payment for outstanding traffic citation, warrants or any other circumstances.

If you receive a similar call, disconnect without providing any information or taking any instructions from the caller and contact the local police department. Complaints can also be filed with Oregon Department of Justice Consumer Protection Office at 1-877-877-9392 or here.

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