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Roswell police warn of phone scam

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The Roswell Police Department is warning residents of a phone scam.

Police said a man is calling residents and identifying himself as a police officer.  He then says there is a warrant for their arrest for speeding along Georgia 400.

"He identified himself as Lt. Jonathan Banks," said Mary Frances Bartsch.  "He gave us a badge number, so it sounded like the real thing."  

Roswell police said Bartsch is among at least 17 victims who reported receiving the bogus calls since Friday.

"This guy had a really slick spiel," said Bill Cooper of Roswell, who said the caller identified himself as a lieutenant with the Fulton County Sheriff's Office. "He threatened me with immediate arrest if I didn't give him a credit card number and pay him a $240 fine."

Neither Bartsch nor Cooper gave out any personal information and called police.  Some, however, fell for the scam.

"It's very serious because he has your credit card information," said Ofc. Lisa Holland.  "He can do identity theft.  He could clean out your bank account.  Don't give your information out to people who call you."

He tells the victim that the warrant will be voided if they pay by credit card.

"The police will never call you personally and demand a fine," said Holland.

Investigators ask anyone who has been contacted by the caller, to call police.

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