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Middletown Transcript
  • Fake cop targeting NCCo residents in telephone scam

  • A telephone scam artist is reportedly posing as a police officer and trying to bilk New Castle County residents by attempting to collecting money for outstanding warrants or fines.
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  • A telephone scam artist is reportedly posing as a police officer and trying to bilk New Castle County residents by attempting to collecting money for outstanding warrants or fines.
    New Castle County police say they have received a number of reports from residents about the scam.
    In most instances, the male caller has identified himself as “Major Paul Stephens” from the New Castle County Warrant Division and attempted to collect payment over the phone for alleged warrants and fines, according to department spokeswoman Officer Tracey Duffy.
    The calls have come from a “302” area code and the scammer has even gone so far as to leave a message demanding a return phone call, she said.
    The calls are reportedly similar to a telephone scam that was plaguing the county last fall in which the caller identified himself as a courthouse employee and attempted to collect money from residents for missing jury duty.
    “A law enforcement agency will not telephone a citizen requesting payment for a fine or ask for such payment over the telephone,” Duffy said. “We encourage citizens to be alert and aware of dishonest people taking advantage of them. Recognizing a phone scam will help to protect your money as well as your identity.”
    Anyone who receives such a call is instructed to immediately call the New Castle County Police Department’s non-emergency line at (302) 573-2800.
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