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Wisconsin State Patrol officials are warning about a phone scam in which a caller identifies himself as a sergeant from the State Patrol Green Bay office and asks for money to resolve a car crash involving a relative of the person called.
The State Patrol has received information that people on at least two occasions were called by a man who identified himself as “Sergeant Walker of the State Patrol office in Green Bay.” The fake sergeant asked for $900 to pay for damages caused by the person’s child or grandchild in a crash. The fake sergeant said the money, which needed to be wired immediately, would fix the damages so the other driver would not press charges.
“The phone message is a scam, and the State Patrol under no circumstances would contact anyone with such a request for money,” says Maj. Brian Rahn, director of the Bureau of Field Operations. “If you receive a scam phone call like this, please notify the State Patrol Northeast Region—Fond du Lac Post at (920) 929-3700.”
The State Patrol has investigated the calls, and the scam likely originated in Montreal, Canada.
More information about this type of scam is available online from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade & Consumer Protection at http://datcp.wi.gov/uploads/Consumer/pdf/SeniorsGrandparentsScam464.pdf.