LONGVIEW (KYTX) - Longview Police want to warn citizens about a scam happening in this area. Authorities have received reports that a man with a heavy foreign accent has been calling people and portraying himself as a police officer. The number that is showing up on the caller ID is actually the Longview Police Department number.
The suspect is attempting to get information from citizens by telling them he is from Longview Police Department and is trying to collect on bad debts. The unknown man is telling victim's if they do not pay their balance at a local store they will have to go to jail for an extended amount of time.
Police warn citizens to never give their private information over the phone, especially to an unsolicited caller. Police will never contact a citizen and request to be given pertinent information, including social security numbers, driver's license numbers, or other credit or debit card information.
Longview Police encourages citizens who may have received these calls to contact Longview Police Department with as many details as possible at (903) 237-1170.