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Fake officer threatens to arrest residents over pre-paid money card

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(WMC-TV) - A man posing as a Germantown police officer reportedly made calls to residents claiming they received a red light enforcement ticket and missed a court date.

According to Germantown police, the imposter says a warrant is out for the resident's arrest and in order to have it rescinded he or she must purchase a pre-paid money card. In order to pay for the card the resident would have to provide a credit card number.

The caller reportedly threatened residents with arrest if they did not comply.

Germantown police still are investigating, what they call, a scam. The Germantown Police Department does not have a warrant squad, and the red light cameras have not worked for a year. They were turned off because of construction.

The Action News 5 Investigators contacted a number one of the scam victims provided. 

We first heard rap music. Then the following was said after asking about our reporter's fake warrant: 

"Ma'am it says you were going 16 miles over the speed limit at the intersection of TN 107 and Germantown Road. "

After we revealed it was a reporter, the man hung up.

Germantown police and other law enforcement agencies do not contact people with warrants asking for money. Call 901-757-7338.

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