Crime

State Patrol says to hang up on calls from phony troopers

The Washington State Patrol headquarters telephone has been compromised, and several residents have reported receiving calls from someone impersonating a state trooper, according to a WSP press release.

The agency has received about 30 complaints about a caller accusing residents of various violations, including outstanding warrants, unpaid tickets and unpaid taxed.

WSP does not call residents to advise of violations and warrants, or to collect fines.

If anyone receives a call from someone who identifies themselves as a trooper, they should do the following:

▪ Do not answer any questions.

▪ Do not agree to pay any fines.

▪ Do not share any personal information.

▪ Hang up the telephone.

The agency is working to remedy the problem, according to the press release.

Amelia Dickson: 360-754-5445

adickson@theolympian.com

@Amelia_Oly

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