LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - The Lexington Police Department is warning people of a phone scam involving someone who claims to be a police officer.
"Unfortunately people do fall for these scams all the time," Lexington Detective Gene Haynes said, "Everyday. Lexington residents fall for this everyday.”
Two people contacted the police department Monday in reference to a possible scam.
According to them, a person identifying himself as a sergeant with the Lexington Police Department called them, stating that a family member had been involved in a traffic accident and that they would need to send money.
Detectives with the Financial Crimes Unit followed up with the information and contacted the suspect via telephone.
"He was rushing me through the process so that I couldn’t ask any questions," Detective Haynes said.
The detectives say the suspect called from a number with an 866 area code and identified himself as Sergeant Christopher Wallace. “Sgt. Wallace” claims that the victim’s daughter was in a traffic accident on Interstate 64 while talking on her cell phone.
The suspect claims the daughter was taken to a hospital where she received stitches in her mouth and was unable to talk.
The scammer then said because the daughter was talking on a cell phone while driving, she was going to be taken to jail for a charge of Reckless Endangerment, unless a fine of $1,400 was paid within 20 minutes.
Detectives say the suspect provided a local bank location in order to transfer money and they were told to call back when they arrived at the bank with the money.
Once detectives called back, the suspect claimed that one of the people in the collision had died and the charge was going to be upgraded to involuntarily manslaughter. The suspect said money would now need to be transferred via Western Union to an attorney in New York.
This investigation is ongoing.
As a reminder, the Lexington Police Department will never contact anyone via telephone and ask that money be sent via a third party money processor such as Western Union or MoneyGram.
If you get a call like this, hang up. Do not provide any personal information or send money.