Highland Park Police Warn of Phone Scam

Highland Park police are warning residents of a phone scam in which a caller poses as an officer and demands money. The caller reportedly told people he was with the Highland Park Police Department at 4700 Drexel Dr. and that they had to pay on a warrant for failing to appear for jury duty, said Lt. Lance Koppa with the Highland Park Department of Public Safety.The caller said the matter had to be resolved that day and that the person would be arrested for not paying, he said. Koppa said asking for money from a prepaid debit card or wire transfer are "red flags."The people who got the calls said the man sounded legitimate but became vague, irritated and evasive when asked for specifics on the warrants, Koppa said. Anyone who receives a call from someone falsely claiming to be with the Highland Park Police Department is encouraged to not give out any personal information and to call police at 214-521-5000.  Continue reading...

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