PORTLAND, Ore. -- Some Washington County residents have reported receiving calls from a person identifying himself as a police officer and threatening arrest if unpaid fees are not paid with a debit or credit card.
The Washington County Sheriff's Office said these calls are a scam and that a police officer will never call demanding money for any reason. They advise any residents who receive a call like this to report it to police immediately at 503-629-0111.
The scammer has been identifying himself as a Washington County sheriff's deputy or in some more recent reports, more specifically as Lieutenant Troy Stevens, Court Investigator for the Washington County Sheriff's Office.
He tells the citizen they missed jury duty and needs to pay fees by providing debit or credit card information or an arrest warrant will be issued.
Other law enforcement agencies in the area have received similar reports.
Police say the public should never send money in any form if you did not initiate the transaction or to someone you don't personally know.