Mar 4, 2013 11:20 PM by MTN News

New scammer poses as Montana Highway Patrol

YELLOWSTONE COUNTY - Recent reports show a possible law enforcement scam by phone.

Yellowstone County Sheriff's Office received a number of calls reporting a number of solicitations by unknown callers claiming to be from the Montana Highway Patrol.

The caller poses as a trooper or commander claiming that a relative was involved in an accident and their insurance premiums have not been paid. The caller then requests money to be wired via Western Union to pay for the insurance and preventing the arrest of the citizen's relative.

The scam targets citizens, but especially the elderly.

In a press release, Mike Linder, Yellowstone County Sheriff, said "at no time will members of law enforcement call and solicit money for these purposes, nor do they use Western Union as way to receive money."

If you should receive this type of call, the Sheriff's Office asks that you verify all the information prior to taking action. If you are still uncertain as to whether or not the call is legitimate, please call the Sheriff's Office at (406) 256-2929 or the Billings Police Department at (406) 657-8460.


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