Madison County residents targeted in fraudulent phone scam -

Madison County residents targeted in fraudulent phone scam

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By Shawn Campbell By Shawn Campbell

MARYVILLE, Ill. (KMOV.COM) -- A bold scam is underway in Madison County in which fraudulent callers are claiming to be the chief of police, as well as using a computer program to make the department's real phone number show up on caller ID, and threatening with a federal warrant if the alleged fines aren't settled.

Kristen Logsdon, the scams latest victim, was at her neighbor's house when she received a call from who she believed was the Maryville Police Dispatch.

"I was terrified," said Logsdon. "I've never been in trouble with the law or anything like that and all of a sudden this man is telling me I'm going to jail for federal tax fraud."

The man Logsdon spoke to identified himself as Maryville Police Chief Rob Carpenter and threatened Logsdon with a warrant, telling her that the cops would arrive to arrest her if she did not pay her fines immediately.  

After panicking, Logsdon was able to confirm with police that the caller was a scam before any damage was done.

Maryville Police Chief Chief Carpenter says not only do police not handle tax issues, they would never call and demand money over the phone.

If you receive a similar call you are asked to hang up and call Maryville police.


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