Phone Scammer Poses As Dalton Police Detective

DALTON, Ga. (WDEF) – There’s a phone scam going around with a scammer posing as a detective with the Dalton Police Department and spoofing his caller ID number to appear as the number of the police department’s main line.

The scam has only been reported to police once so far but the department wants to alert the public to beware.

A Dalton resident reported to police that he was called on August 3rd by an individual claiming to be a DPD detective.

This scammer informed the complainant that he was a suspect in a child pornography investigation. The fake detective then told the complainant that he could call the supposed victim’s father to try to work out some sort of settlement to avoid legal trouble.

The complainant called the number and was threatened by a second scammer who demanded that the complainant pay his disconnect fee on a cell phone of more than $900 and also demanded money for therapy for the supposed victim of the child pornography. Fortunately, the complainant didn’t send the scammers any money.

Dalton Police want the community to know a few important things about scammers.

” It should go without saying that nobody from the Dalton Police Department or any other law enforcement organization will demand money in exchange for ending a police investigation. Nor will employees of any law enforcement agency ask for money to be sent over the phone to address any fines or fees. And certainly, no police investigator is ever going to contact suspects and put them in contact with victims to ‘work things out on their own.’ “

Anyone who believes they may have been a victim of this scam can contact the DPD’s Criminal Investigations Division at 706-278-9085, dial 9 and enter extension 250.

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