ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - The suspects who scammed one 51-year-old St. Louis man out of $8,000 are still at large, authorities say.
The victim was contacted by a male caller who identified himself as a law enforcement offer. The caller told the victim there was a warrant for his arrest due to back taxes owed, and said that unless a payment was made immediately, the victim would be under arrest.
The victim called a telephone number that the scammer said was an attorney tasked with handling the tax case, and was then instructed by another male caller to buy $8,000 worth of Money Pack cards to use as payment. Upon payment, the victim was told the warrant was no longer active.
The victim called police, skeptical about what had just happened. An ensuing investigation revealed that the telephone called was a scam. Police say the suspects are still at large.
The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department said in a news release that it has no knowledge of any similar incidents in the St. Louis area. They encourage anyone who believes they may have been a victim of this scam to call 911.
Law enforcement officers will never ask for payment over the telephone, police caution. If you receive a phone call from a caller identifying themselves as a law enforcement officer and they ask for an immediately payment over the telephone, call 911.