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The swindler reportedly tells people there's a warrant out for their arrest and asks them to pay.

A scammer is calling residents claiming to be Lake Oswego Sgt. Tom Harper, according to the Lake Oswego Police Department.

The department sent out a release Wednesday, Sept. 21, about the swindler — who they said has a Southern accent, tells people they missed a court date they were subpoenaed for and that there are warrants out for their arrest, before requesting money. Further, the scammer will leave a message instructing the person to call 503-676-5790, which they falsely claim is the police department's number.

"The police department will never call you and request money from community members for arrest warrants or any other circumstances. Sgt. Harper is an actual sergeant with the Lake Oswego Police Department, but he is not calling anyone about arrest warrants or subpoenas. This is a scam," the news release read.

Harper said via text message that a similar situation happened previously where a scammer claimed to be Sgt. Jay Weitman. According to Harper, the department has received a number of calls from people in the community about this, but he is not aware of the scammer successfully collecting money from anyone.

The department requests that those who receive a call from the scammer contact the LOPD non-emergency dispatch number at 503-635-0238.


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