Man impersonates Columbia police detective in scam

Saturday, March 24, 2012 | 3:30 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — A man has been impersonating a Columbia police officer in a scam to collect money. 

The man threatened to serve a search warrant at the houses of two people in Kansas and Florida if they did not pay an overdue payday loan and tickets, Latisha Stroer, spokeswoman for the Columbia Police Department, said in an email.  

Stroer said the two people did not give the man money. 

The man goes by Detective Joe Wilson and identifies himself as part of the Columbia Police Department. Stroer confirmed there is no one by that name working for the department.

Police think the man is from Camden County because of the phone number he used.

A Columbia officer called the number the man was using, and someone answered saying he was Detective Joe Wilson. After the officer identified himself, the man claiming to be Joe Wilson hung up.

Stroer also said the police department never collects loans for businesses, and tickets are not collected over the phone.

Columbia police are not investigating, as the reports were made in Kansas and Florida. There are no other leads, other than the Camden County phone number.

The Columbia Police Department posted a Facebook update about the scam

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