Columbus Scam Alert: Reports of people impersonating officers are starting to surface

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The Columbus Police Department called attention to a few scams happening in the Fountain City on Wednesday. 

“Contempt of Court warrants where people will call up and say there’s a warrant out for you. But if you send so much money by either a  debit card or money order it’ll go away.”- says Major J.D. Hawk with the Columbus Police Department.

He explains more in depth.

“In recent weeks we’ve had problems with people calling up and saying they were either members of the Columbus Police Department or the Columbus County Police Department and that they work out of a certain precinct, ” says Maj. Hawk.

He says the officer scammers even list crimes on the call.

“You’re the subject of a child predator investigation and you need to go to Dollar General and get a money order so we can clear this matter up,” says Maj. Hawk.

Authorities say, there’s another scam to be mindful of.

 “We even had some people that claim to be an investigator came into somebody’s house, flashed some identification, got into their personal computer system claiming they were an investigator and pretty much stole their identity,” says Maj. Hawk.

Because of this scam and others,  CPD is providing this message to the public.

“We’re urging the public whenever you get a call or anything like that, call the Columbus Police Department or call the agency they claim to be with. Do not go out and get money orders or gift cards and send them to these people, because that’s exactly what they’re doing, They’re just ripping you off for your money, ” says Maj. Hawk.

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