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Phone scam asks drivers to pay up on unpaid traffic tickets

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Police have a warning about a phone scam that is targeting Oregonians.

They said people have been getting calls from someone claiming to be with the Oregon State Police asking for money to pay off unpaid traffic tickets. Many people have already been taken by the scam, some paying out more than $150.

Fox 12 spoke with James Kelly, a local tow truck driver, who got a call on his cell phone this week. 

He said the call started with a siren sound, then transitioned to a pre-recorded message telling him to call a number with a 203 area code. The call said he was on the hook for unpaid traffic tickets and needed to pay. 

The caller insisted on payment through a Green Dot Moneypak Card, instead of a credit card.

Kelly knew something did not feel right about it, so he contacted police.

Oregon State Police is reminding people that law enforcement agencies will never call you to get payment for tickets. If you receive one of these calls, you are asked to report it to the Department of Justice.

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