Captain Monica Alexander
Government and Media Relations
(360) 596-4010 – office
(360) 596-4015 – fax

*** For Immediate Release***

Date: February 08, 2016
Contact: Trooper Darren Wright
Phone: (509) 679-6228
Twitter: @wspd6pio

WSP Receives Calls From the Public About Phone Scams

Wenatchee --  Recently, the Washington State Patrol (WSP) has received phone calls from the public indicating they have been contacted by our agency. The caller was requesting monetary payments for bail or legal costs for a family member or friend that has been arrested. Based on the information received from the public, the phone calls appear to be from individuals attempting to scam the public for money.

The scammer identifies themselves as a high ranking member of the WSP, in one case a Captain. The scammer requested that the answering party go to Target and purchase an ITunes card so the cash could be used for "Pre Trial Payments". The WSP will not call anyone and ask them to make purchases or send payments on behalf of anyone being detained or booked into jail.

The WSP wants to warn the public to be leery of any calls from anyone soliciting money for the agency or asking for credit card numbers or personal financial information over the phone. If you suspect it is scam, hang up and contact one of the local WSP district offices.

Complaints of scams can also be filed with the Federal Trade Commission.