Oregon State Police warn of ticket collection scam

| 3/27/2013

The Oregon State Police issued a news release on Tuesday, March 26, warning of prerecorded phone calls telling people they owed money for unpaid traffic tickets.

Scammers placed calls to Oregon residents advising that they had unpaid tickets and owed money. They then asked that payments be made via Green Dot MoneyPak cards.

The OSP and the Oregon Department of Justice want to spread the word that these calls are fraudulent and should be ignored.

A citizen tipped off the OSP when reporting a phone call from a restricted number. Following a siren sound, an automated voice identified himself as “Alex James Murphy with the Oregon State Police.” The caller stated that a “bench warrant” had been issued on an unpaid speeding ticket issued on Interstate 205.

The pre-recorded call gave further instructions to purchase a Green Dot MoneyPak reloadable debit card and place $154 on the card. Then the person was to call back to another phone number in the 203 area code and provide the Green Dot card number and security code to pay the citation and avoid further legal action.

The news release advises that if you receive a similar call, disconnect without providing any information or taking any instructions from the caller. Contact your local police department, sheriff’s office or Oregon State Police.