Kingsport police warning against local phone scam

Nick Shepherd • Feb 3, 2014 at 2:50 PM

Kingsport police are issuing a warning about a phone scam in which people are told they have received a red light citation and can pay with a credit card over the phone.

According to a news release, the KPD has received multiple complaints over the past few days in regards to a phone scam.

The suspect will call people and will identify himself as Officer David Welch with the KPD traffic division. He then tells the potential victim that they have run a red light and have received a citation from the KPD.

He will then tell the person they can pay the citation over the phone by credit card in an attempt to get the credit card numbers.

The KPD cautions citizens that this is a scam. There is no one by the name of David Welch employed at the department and the KPD never calls citizens to notify them of a red light citation and never asks for credit card information over the phone, the release stated.

KPD officials said to never give out confidential information over the phone unless they know for sure who they are talking too. If there is any doubt, either verify the person or hang up the phone.

Anyone who receives a call similar to the scam is asked to report it to the KPD immediately.

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