ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department is warning citizens of a telephone scam.
A 51-year-old man lost thousands of dollars when a caller identified himself as a police officer, and told him a warrant had been issued for his arrest due to back taxes owed to the government.
The suspect told the victim if he didn't make an immediate payment he would be arrested. He also gave a telephone number of an attorney said to be handling the case.
When the victim called the alleged attorney, he was told to buy $8,000 worth of Money Pack cards and to give the numbers of the cards to him.
After the victim complied with the request he called police and realized he had been scammed.
The suspect has not been apprehended.
Police are reminding everyone that officers will never ask for payments over the phone. Anyone receiving a phone call from someone identifying themselves as a law enforcement official should verify the caller's identity before releasing personal information.