FOND DU LAC, Wis. (WSAU) - There’s another phone scam going on, and the perpetrator is claiming to be a law enforcement officer.
Law Enforcement Dispatch Supervisor Nancy Olig from Wisconsin State Patrol’s Fond du Lac headquarters says the caller is trying to collect money. “We have received several calls, in fact, one gentleman stopped into our office saying that they’ve received a call from a State Patrol sergeant asking for money in reference to a relative, usually a grandson or granddaughter being involved in a crash, and they’re trying to evade any type of legal action by the person giving the money to the caller.”
Supervisor Olig says law enforcement officers including State Patrol troopers never ever collect money. “Unfortunately, some of the victims have been elderly citizens, and so we want to make sure that everyone is aware that this is not the way the Wisconsin State Patrol does business, and we would never be making those type of phone calls.”
Olig says she is aware of five attempted scam calls so far stretching from Door County down to Green Lake County. In some of them, the caller identifies himself as “Sergeant Walker from Wisconsin State Patrol.” If you get one of these calls, Olig says you should not fall for the hoax. “First of all, don’t cooperate with the caller. If you do have any information and you want to give our headquarters a call, please feel free to do that.” You may contact the Fond du Lac State Patrol Headquarters at (920) 929-3700, or your nearest headquarters in Madison, Wausau, Eau Claire, Tomah, Spooner, or Waukesha.
The fake sergeant usually requests about $900 to pay for damages caused by the victim’s child or grandchild in a crash. The fake sergeant requests the money to be wired immediately to fix the damages so the other driver would not press charges.
More information about this type of scam is available online from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade & Consumer Protection.