Alaska State Troopers: Don't fall for this scam
Troopers are warning the public not to fall for a recurring scam in which someone, posing as an Alaska State Trooper, claims to have a warrant for your arrest and demands bail money over the phone.
The individual, which is usually a man, calls and identifies himself as a trooper using various names and ranks. According to an online advisory, the caller tells people that they, or one of their family members, have active warrants or are out of compliance. He then tells them they have to pay their bail to him. If they refuse, he claims they could face arrest or additional fines.
"The caller explains they can pay him with prepaid credit cards to take care of the warrants," the advisory said. "He may also provide call back numbers which usually go directly to an answering machine if they are called."
Troopers say this scam has happened in communities all across Alaska. In the advisory, they remind the public that troopers will never ask for payment over the phone or offer to negotiate for reduced payment in lieu of an arrest.
At least one person this week has already been a victim of the scam. Troopers say they received a report of the fraud in Wasilla after the victim transferred $1,700 to the scammer. This incident is currently under investigation.
To find out if you have a warrant for your arrest with AST, look yourself up on their active warrants website. Troopers also say you can look up the phone number of your local law enforcement agency to verify if a warrant in your name exists and they will direct you how to correctly deal with that situation.
"No law enforcement agency will collect funds during a phone call or ask that payment be made using pre-paid credit cards that are obtained from convenience stores," the advisory states.
If you believed you have been a victim of a scam, contact your local law enforcement agency. A list of AST local post contact information can be found on their website.
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