Mayor warns of scam artist posing as an SPD officer

Caller identifies himself as a “Sgt. McConnell,” tries to persuade call taker to send money to avoid going to jail

Mayor warns of scam artist posing as an SPD officer
Shreveport police have received at least two reports of a scam artist calling and identifying himself as a “Sgt. McConnell” with the “Shreveport Police Department’s Warrant Unit” in an attempt to get the call taker to send money to avoid going to jail. (Source: KAUZ)

SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) — Shreveport's mayor is warning people about a caller posing as one of the city's police officers in an attempt to scam them.

“WARNING!! SCAM ALERT!!!” says a Facebook post made late Thursday night.

WARNING!! SCAM ALERT!!! Shreveport Police officers have received at least two reports of an individual calling...

Posted by Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins on Thursday, May 28, 2020

And Mayor Adrian Perkins wants people to pass the word along to senior citizens, in particular, because they often fall victim to such schemes.

Shreveport police have received at least two reports of a caller identifying himself as a Sgt. McConnell with the “Shreveport Police Department’s Warrant Unit,” says the post on the mayor’s Facebook page.

The man tries to persuade the call taker to send large amounts of money to avoid being jailed.

“This is a SCAM. The Shreveport Police Department will never contact you and ask for money over the telephone. If there is a legitimate arrest warrant, officers will not call you and ask for payment to dismiss the warrant.”

The mayor says if you receive such a call, you should hang up and contact authorities.

And do not give any identifying information such as your date of birth and Social Security, bank account and credit card numbers to anyone over the telephone unless you contacted them.

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