As of Wednesday, June 19, 2013
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Gwinnett Daily Post
SUWANEE -- Police in Suwanee are warning residents to be aware of people who call and demand payments for warrants or tickets, purporting to be from the police department.
The scam, which has been reported around other areas of metro Atlanta, including in Roswell where recently a bogus member of the Fulton County Sheriff's Office made demands. Suwanee Police Capt. Cass Mooney said in the scam, a male caller identifies himself as a police officer and tells the resident they would be arrested if they don't immediately pay the fine with a credit card over the phone.
Mooney said to not give credit card or any personal information over the phone to someone who may say they're a representative of a police department or financial institution.
"We realize that such callers can sound convincing, offering a badge number, for example," Mooney said. "It's probably intimidating, too, for residents to get such a phone call. We want residents to be aware, though, that it's not us. Suwanee officers do not, and will not, contact residents about paying fines directly to the police department."
Residents who have received such phone calls should contact the Suwanee Police Department at 770-945-8995.