The caller claims he is an officer with the Longview Police Department and is gathering information to collect bad debts.

Longview Police have received reports that a man with a heavy foreign accent has been calling citizens and portraying himself as a police officer. The number that is showing up on the caller ID is actually the Longview Police Department number.  The unknown suspect is telling victim’s if they do not pay their balance at a local store they will have to go to jail for an extended amount of time.

Police warn citizens to never give their private information over the phone, especially to an unsolicited caller. Police will never contact a citizen and request to be given pertinent information, including social security numbers, driver’s license numbers, or other credit or debit card information.

Police encourage citizens who may have received these calls to contact Longview Police with as many details as possible.