South Lake Tahoe, CA- People in South Lake Tahoe say a scammer has been calling them pretending to be a South Lake Tahoe Police Employee. Multiple people in the area have called with similar stories.
They say the scammer identifies themselves as either a former or current employee of the police department. The scammer tells the victim they are the subject of an investigation or a person of interest and asks them to wire money instead of prosecution by some means of money transfer (Western Union or pre-loaded cash gift cards).
The South Lake Tahoe Police Department is asking anyone who gets similar phone calls, to stop their conversation with the scammer and call police immediately.
South Lake Tahoe Police Department employees and investigators would never seek monetary gains in place of criminal prosecution.
If anybody has received suspicious phone calls as described above, please contact Detective Scott Crivelli at (530) 542-6134.