Man targeted in ominous phone call from man claiming to be Louisville investigator

Published: Sep. 13, 2021 at 4:37 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 14, 2021 at 12:35 AM EDT
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - A Louisville man believes he was the target of a scam when he received a call from someone claiming to be a “chief investigator” for the Louisville Metro Police Department.

“You failed to respond,” the caller said. “That means you are being pursued for one count of misdemeanor failure to appear at this time.”

The man, who did not want his name revealed, said he was immediately suspicious of the call.

“I would expect a sheriff’s deputy to knock on my door with a subpoena or a warrant or a perhaps a certified letter from the police department or something like that,” the man said. “So, my family and I were pretty convinced this was a fraudulent call.”

He said that the caller had apparently researched him, finding previous addresses he had been associated with to possibly gain his trust.

“Some of them you can tell right away that this is a scam,” Whitney Adkins, the strategic marketing director for the Better Business Bureau, said. “This guy, he’s done a little bit more homework than the ones we typically hear.”

Adkins said the caller probably wanted the man’s identification and financial information.

The call concluded with an urgent warning.

“‘Failure to respond, sir, will lead to criminal charges pursued against yourself,’” the caller said.

The caller identified himself as a man with the same name as a current LMPD officer.

LMPD provided a statement regarding the incident Monday night, saying, “Unfortunately, the officer and his family were doxxed last summer to include the hacking of family member’s social media accounts. It has been a very unpleasant experience for them. Our Department was aware of the initial incident. We urge anyone who is a victim of fraud to contact LMPD to file a report or call 502-574-LMPD.”

Impersonating an officer is a Class D felony in Kentucky and is punishable by one to five years in prison.

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