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Advisory issued for FCSO impersonator

Demanding payment for speeding tickets

POSTED: July 24, 2013 12:30 a.m.
 

The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office is investigating several reports of an impersonator claiming to be a lieutenant with the agency and demanding payment for speeding tickets.

According to the sheriff’s office, the male phone caller is identifying himself as Lt. Jonathan Baxley, badge number 8836, with the warrant unit.

According to Doug Rainwater, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office, the man is “telling the person on the phone that he has a warrant for a family member for failure to appear in court on a speeding ticket on Ga. 400.”

After identifying the relative, the man will “end the conversation by telling the person that if the matter is not cleared up in 30 minutes an arrest will be made,” Rainwater said.

The man also reportedly adds that this can be taken care of by paying $362 over the phone using a debit or credit card.

According to Rainwater, the phone scam is not new. Similar calls have been made across metro Atlanta in the past six weeks.

The local sheriff’s office does not have any employees named Jonathan Baxley, Rainwater said. Furthermore, he urged residents who receive a phone call from the impersonator to hang up.

“But then call us at the non-emergency phone number so that we can make a report,” he added.

There are no situations in which anyone from the sheriff’s office would call an individual “asking anybody for any type of fine, payments or anything related to traffic tickets,” according to Rainwater.

“We would never be calling you,” he said. “There’s no reason for the citizens to be talking to this guy.”

 

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