EL PASO CO., Colo. - The Colorado State Patrol is warning of a phone scam where the caller claims to be a State Trooper and threatens a lawsuit, criminal prosecution, arrest or incarceration if the person doesn't pay up.
Troopers have gotten reports of the calls in the El Paso County area.
According to a press release Thursday, troopers say the callers can be very convincing by giving the victim their badge number, asking the victim to call another (fictitious) trooper at another number, referencing other law enforcement agencies, and referring the victim to other legitimate websites (such as the financial crimes enforcement network) to lend credibility to their claims.
State patrol said the callers can become aggressive and try to intimidate potential victims.
"Members of the public should understand that the Colorado State Patrol does not engage in debt collection practices or investigations that would lead to the direct solicitation of funds," said Trooper Josh Lewis in the press release.
If you receive a call like this, call the Colorado Springs office of the Colorado State Patrol at 719-635-0385.