Police on lookout for cop imposter

Police on lookout for cop imposter

SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane police are on the lookout for a man who's posing as a cop over the phone trying to use jury duty as a ploy to con people out of their cash.

Wednesday night around 7:15 Bill Green received a call and was surprised by the person on the other line.

"Said I had a bench warrant for my arrest for failure to show up to jury duty," Green said.

The problem is Green had never received a notice for jury duty.

"Nothing made sense at all," he said.

Then the caller, who claimed to be a deputy, said he could make it go away with a $1,000 pre-paid credit card. The man gave out a fake badge number and name, but Green didn't buy it, so he hung up and quickly headed to his local Cop Shop to figure out what was going on.

"He ran my name as a warrant and said he had never heard of such a thing and he believed it was a scam," Green said.

Officer Teresa Fuller with the Spokane Police Department says police never collect money over the phone. While the caller might sound legit it's a scam.

"You really got to go with your gut on these. If it sounds weird, if they are asking for specific money orders or pre-paid Visa cards, that is a no-go, especially if they are high-pressure," Fuller said.

Green's glad he didn't cave and he hopes others don't.

"They tried to scam me. I just didn't fall for it," he said.

If you know anything about the scammer or if you've been a victim of a similar scam you're asked to call Crime Check at 456-2233.