The Vancouver Police Department is warning citizens about a recent phone scam in which the scammer impersonates a local police officer.
Several people over the last few days have reported receiving a phone message from a “Lt. Michael Knotts,” who instructs them to call back to discuss an “urgent legal issue,” according to a department news release.
An officer by that name does work for the Vancouver Police Department, but he did not make the calls, the news release states.
Vancouver police do not call to solicit funds, including to resolve a legal matter, or request financial or other sensitive information from citizens.
Anyone with questions about the legitimacy of these types of calls, should contact the department at 360-487-7355 or 360-487-7500 during regular business hours. Citizens may call 311 after hours and request a call back from on-duty personnel.
The Federal Trade Commission has information on common phone scams: www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0208-phone-scams.