St. Louis County police issue warning about scams

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KPLR) – St. Louis County Police are issuing a warning about several scams involving phone calls demanding money.  In some cases the scam artists claim jury duty was missed, and the person on the other end of the phone needs to pay a fine in order to avoid jail time.

“We don’t handle business that way,” said St. Louis County Police Sgt. Shawn McGuire.

He said the department wants everyone to know these types of calls are a scam.  We’ve reported in the past on callers claiming to be with the U.S. Treasury Department.  They typically tell callers taxes are owed and a payment is required.

“Some people have paid over the phone. They’ve asked for a payment of $200 or $300 dollars for a fine,” said McGuire.

McGuire said in some cases callers have used the name of St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar to pull off their scam.  Callers insist a payment is needed in order to avoid arrest.

Shaun West said his mother was the victim of one of those calls.  He believes more needs to be done to stop the scammers.

“There’s a lot of people getting had by these guys,” West said.

McGuire recommends contacting your local police department if you’re contacted by a scammer.  He said local police can explain which agency to contact.  One of those agencies is the Federal Trade Commission.  Here’s how you can file a complaint.