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Posted on: December 15, 2017

Scam currently circulating in Parsons

Public Announcement: Parsons Police Department, 12/15/2017

 To City of Parsons community members...The Parsons Police Department has been notified of a scam currently circulating in the city.

 A citizen has notified law enforcement that an individual called them and identified themselves as a relative of the individual. They then proceeded to solicit money by explaining they were sick and while en route to get medicine, they were stopped and arrested for DUI and drug related offenses. The citizen asked the caller if they had contacted any other relatives. The caller advised they had not and did not want anyone else to know. The caller explained the bond amount and how much they would need in cash to bond out. 

During the call, the individual explained they did not have the cash but did have a credit card. At this point, the caller said the detective wanted to speak with them. Another individual got on the phone and stated they could not accept credit cards, but he would be willing to meet with the person at the Parsons Walmart. 

 The individual did not pay or give their credit card information, nor did they meet the individual(s) at Walmart. Instead they reported it. Agencies have been notified and are investigating the incident.

Parsons Police Department wants the public to know of this scam and remember during the Christmas holiday there may be an increase in criminals trying to take advantage of community members. Officers of the Parsons Police Department DO NOT meet people to take money for bonds. That is all completed at the police department with appropriate individuals. 

 Remember to be cautious of callers over the phone claiming they need payment, you have overdue balances, etc. and then try to collect the money or credit card information. Try to gather as much information as possible and verify, prior to releasing any information. Most businesses will not make these calls to individuals in this manner.

Have a safe and happy holiday.

Jason Sharp, Chief of Police
Parsons Police Department
217 N. Central
Parsons, KS 67357

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