Caller pretends to be Clarksville officer, says they owe money - WKRN News 2

Caller pretends to be Clarksville officer, says they owe money

Posted: Updated: Jul 24, 2014 06:50 PM

Authorities in Clarksville reported someone is impersonating officers and attempting to collect nearly $1,000 for fake traffic camera tickets.

Investigators said the man tells victims they have received a Redflex ticket and a judge with Montgomery County has suspended their driver's license and issued a warrant for their arrest.

The city uses Redflex cameras for surveillance at the most accident-prone intersections. The sheriff's office doesn't use the Redflex system.

The scammer introduces himself as Sgt. Jimmy Brown with the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office before telling them to submit a $996 money order.

He says the money is so their license while be reinstated and the warrant dismissed.

For Sgt. Brown, this situation is definitely a first, and a troubling one.

“You know, it’s kind of hard to answer the phone as Sgt. Jimmy Brown with the sheriff’s office because that’s what the person was doing,” he told News 2.

So far the crook has yet to swindle any money from his victims.

Sgt. Brown advises folks if they ever get a phone call from this man to not send him any money and just call police.

He also has some career advice for the man in question.

"The best thing is just to stop be done and get a real job and earn your own money," said Sgt. Brown.

The $50 fines are civil and jail time or a loss of license isn't a possible penalty.

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