LONGVIEW ó Longview Police are warning about a scam happening in the area. Police have received reports that a man with a heavy foreign accent has been calling citizens and portraying himself as a police officer. The number that is showing up on the caller ID is actually the Longview Police Department number. He is attempting to get information from citizens by telling them he is from the Longview Police Department and is trying to collect on bad debts. The unknown suspect is telling victims 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. According to the Longview PD, police will never contact a citizen and request to be given pertinent information, including social security numbers, driverís license numbers, or other credit or debit card information. Police encourage citizens who may have received these calls to contact Longview Police with as many details as possible.