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Police impersonator wanting personal information

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

It started out with a Friday morning phone call.

A man claiming to be a Rankin County Deputy wanted to know why this lady, who didn't want to be identified, had not paid a fine.

"He wanted to know why I did not show up for my court date and I said sir I do not know what you're talking about," recalled the lady.

She says the man told her where the ticket was supposedly written and the court date, then he wanted her driver's license or social security number.

"He kept me on the phone. He was real convincing. He was threatening me with a warrant, with being arrested. It was pretty scary," said the woman. 

Although she was a target, the lady says she didn't reveal any information. In fact, she turned the tables and wanted him to verify his identity and whether he was calling from the Rankin County Sheriff's Office.

"When I questioned was he calling from there, he said no I'm in the area I'm on my cell phone. I could not verify too much information from him," said the lady.

Eventually the Hinds County resident hung up on him and called Rankin S.O. They told her no one by the name she was given worked there. She says Hinds County is now investigating the incident.

The incident happened the same day the U.S. Attorney Gregory Davis and Hinds County Sheriff Tyrone Lewis warned of a similar scam where the caller claims to be a Hinds County Deputy requesting similar information.

Davis says several Metro residents have received the phone calls. The scammer tells residents there is an arrest warrant for someone living at the home. The caller then demands the person give their social security number and driver's license number or be arrested.

"When they call you, no matter how much they threaten you do not give out any personal information on the telephone," said the unidentified female victim.

Law enforcement tells WLBT, officers should have your driver's license number and access to your social security number through the National Criminal Information Center if you were written a ticket.

If there is a misdemeanor warrant for your arrest officers will usually call and ask you to come to the police station instead of requesting information. Investigators say never give any personal information over the phone. Go to the police station or hang up and call the agency back.

The U.S. Secret Service and Hinds County Sheriff's Office are investigating the incidents.

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