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A fraudulent caller identifying himself as Kelso police’s Sgt. Kevin Tate and demanding money has targeted some people in the Kelso area, according to reports the Kelso Police Department said it has received recently from the public.

The scam calls are “very elaborate,” a press release from Kelso PD said, in part because they appear to come from the Kelso police phone number (360-423-1270) on caller ID. People have reported that the scammer claims he has a warrant for someone’s arrest, leaves a message and asks for a call back about a “personal matter.” He also lists personal information about the person receiving the fraudulent call.

That information can come from publicly available social media information and posts, so people should be careful about what they share, especially if their social media accounts aren’t private, the release said.

Those who receive similar-sounding calls should not provide any information and should not give them money, credit card information or buy gift cards from the store for the scammer, the release said. Unless a person falls victim to a scam call by providing payment or information, there is no need to report the call, the release said.

The release concluded: “And remember, Sgt. Tate is not going to call you.”

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