By Heather Asiyanbi
Brookfield residents are being warned to be alert to phone calls from individuals who claim to be village police officers demanding money or risk going to jail.
The number showing up on the caller ID is the name of area law enforcement agencies, including the Brookfield Police Department, according to CBS 58.
However, the incidents have not been isolated to Brookfield. The Caledonia Police Department received similar reports this weekend in Racine County.
And a Waukesha man thwarted a similar
effort, this time from a female caller who
said the man was the target of a fraud investigation and he would be arrested
if he didn't follow her orders.
When the man asked the woman for the police department's phone number, she was able to recite it correctly. But, when the man asked for the department's address, the woman got it wrong.
Since the man lives nearby, he told her he would walk over and speak to her supervisor. At that point, the woman said she couldn't meet with him any more.
Racine County District Attorney Rich Chiapete
said he was not yet aware of any incidents, but warned residents to not give
out credit card or any financial information, really, over the phone.
"It's just better to never give out financial information over the phone," he said.