Chesterfield police warn of police impersonator running scam

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CHESTERFIELD, MO (KTVI)-A heads up this weekend of a scam where a man claiming to be a police officer is calling from what appears to be the phone number of the Chesterfield Police Department trying to get money.

According to police, the caller identifies himself as a local police officer, asks for a college student by name, then tells that person or their parent that the student is being investigated for past due student loans. The suspect then mentions a specific dollar amount and attempts to get the student to work out a payment plan.

Calls to eight potential victims in the St. Louis area, Warrensburg and Columbia MO have been reported.  The phone number that is showing up on the would-be victim’s caller id appears to be that of the Chesterfield Police Department. Police say they don’t how that is happening, but no calls are coming from them.

When the suspect is pressed for further identification or proof, the caller has hung up and not called back. So far, none of the potential victims have fallen for the scam and lost any money.

Chesterfield police say that no officer or government official should be calling to request money for any reason. If you receive a suspicious call from the police, contact your local police department to report it.

If you have information in this case, call Chesterfield police at 636-537-3000.