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Scammers posing as police officers

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DALTON, GA (WRCB) -

The Dalton Police Department is warnings residents that scam artists, posing as a Dalton Police Officer, have made telephone calls requesting money to drop bench warrants for family members.

The news release from the Dalton PD explains further:

The scam works like this: the scam artist calls the victim and identifies himself as an officer from the Dalton Police Department and tells the victim that there is a bench warrant out for his or her arrest. 

The caller tells the victim that if they load money onto a prepaid "Green Dot" credit card at Wal-Mart or another retailer that the warrant will be taken care of for their show of good faith.  The victim is instructed to load the money onto the card and then give the card number to the scammer.  

Law enforcement officers never ask the public to pay money, nor do they take money from the public. Fines are typically paid directly to the respective court system, not to police officers.

If you have been contacted by this individual or have any information about this scam, please contact Detective Chris Tucker at (706) 278-9085 extension 165 or Sergeant Matthew Locke at (706) 278-9085 extension 320.

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