Phone scam in Wisconsin

GREEN BAY – Wisconsin State Patrol officials are warning about a phone scam in which a caller identifies himself as a sergeant from the State Patrol Green Bay office and asks for money to resolve a car crash involving a relative of the person called.

The State Patrol has received information that people on at least two occasions were called by a man who identified himself as “Sergeant Walker of the State Patrol office in Green Bay.”

The fake sergeant asked for $900 to pay for damages caused by the person’s child or grandchild in a crash. The fake sergeant said the money, which needed to be wired immediately, would fix the damages so the other driver would not press charges.

“The phone message is a scam, and the State Patrol under no circumstances would contact anyone with such a request for money,” says Maj. Brian Rahn, director of the Bureau of Field Operations. “If you receive a scam phone call like this, please notify the State Patrol Northeast Region-Fond du Lac Post at (920) 929-3700.”

The State Patrol has investigated the calls, and the scam likely originated in Montreal, Canada.