NHP, SLTPD warn of scam where callers pose as police

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SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (KOLO)-- The South Lake Tahoe Police Department warns people about someone posting as a current or past member of the department asking them to wire money to avoid prosecution.

Police announced the scam Friday. It is similar to a scam in December when someone called a business asking for money to avoid prosecution.

On Friday, police said the caller tells the would-be victim they are the subject of an investigation or a person of interest and asks them to send money to avoid prosecution, usually through Western Union or using a pre-loaded cash gift card.

If someone gets that call, police say to hang up and immediately call authorities. Several people have reported receiving the calls so far. Anyone in South Lake Tahoe who has received that kind of a call should call Detective Scott Crivelli at 530-542-6134.

Police said they never solicit money so people can avoid prosecution.

The Nevada Highway Patrol has also been contacted regarding a possible scam. People in the Reno area received phone calls from a blocked phone number. The male caller identified himself as the “State Police,” saying the people answering their phones have outstanding arrest warrants. The imposter went on to tell the people they needed to go to a Walgreens Pharmacy to obtain funds to pay for the warrant. When questioned, the imposter hung up.

The Nevada Highway Patrol is advising all residens to be vigilant and cautious if they receive a phone call or text message from anyone claiming to be a State Police Officer or State Trooper. NHP will never call or text you in an attempt to clear up a warrant. All warrants are handled by the court systems in each county. If you do receive one of these phone calls or text messages, you're advised to contact your local police department.