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KPD warns about scammers pretending to be officers on the phone

The Knoxville Police Department said scammers may say that the victim has a warrant out and say they need to pay a fine to make it go away.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The Knoxville Police Department is warning people about scams where a caller may pretend to be an officer with the department.

They said that during these scam calls, the scammer may tell victims that they have a warrant out for their arrest. To make the warrant go away, they tell victims they need to pay a fine.

KPD said Friday that they learned about a surge in these kinds of scam calls, and posted a reminder online that no legitimate law enforcement agency or representative would call people to request money.

They said anyone who receives a scam call where scammers pretend to be KPD officers should immediately hang up. They said people should then report the call by dialing 865-215-7268.

PSA: If you receive a call from someone claiming to be a Knoxville Police Department officer stating that you have a...

Posted by Knoxville Police Department - TN on Friday, March 10, 2023

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