Scammers Try to Collect Unpaid Tickets

EUGENE, Ore. — A phone scam is using local law enforcement to reel victims in.

Oregon State Police says the first calls started back in November. A citizen called in saying someone was trying to get them to pay unpaid traffic tickets over the phone.

Troopers say this has happened before, and they’re not surprised to hear there are people out there taking advantage of their name.

“I think people use a law enforcement agency or some other type of trusted organization to gain that individual’s trust on the phone and try to trick them into giving them money or personal information that can be used in order to victimize someone else,” said Lt. Gregg Hastings, Oregon State Police.

So far calls have been reported in Portland and Umatilla County.

OSP says just hang up if you suspect you’re being scammed.

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