A man impersonating a sheriff’s deputy has been calling Washington County residents and threatening to arrest them if they don’t pay fines or tickets by phone with pre-paid credit cards.
Residents have reported receiving phone calls from males and females from a number that matches the Minneapolis Police Department’s Fifth Precinct on caller ID. Authorities say the caller identifies themselves as being with the IRS and that the Minneapolis Police Department is going to “put them behind bars.”
An apparent phone scam targeting foreign students at St. Cloud State University is continuing. The caller is now self-identifying as a police officer, providing a badge number and telling victims that they are going to be arrested.
The St. Cloud Police Department said Thursday its front desk has taken several phone calls from citizens saying they are getting calls from the department’s non-emergency number. Authorities say the calls appear to be targeting foreign students and are coming from one individual claiming to be with the IRS.
The Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public to beware of calls from a scam artist posing as a member of the sheriff’s office. Officials say several citizens have reported receiving phone calls from someone asking them to settle up unpaid warrants by placing money on a prepaid card.
Edina Police say someone who’s trying to make some quick cash is pretending to be from their department.
The Mall of America is warning the public about a phone scam in which callers offer to assist in renewing a magazine subscription or other services.