Springfield Police Warn Residents of Phone Scams


Springfield - A phone scam is making its way around Springfield once again.


The scam involves a man calling from the city's vehicle division, informing residents that there car would be repossessed if they do not pay their unpaid parking tickets. The scammer will tell you the make and model of the victim's car.


Police Chief Kenny Winslow said, "make it a good practice never to give out personal or financial information over the phone."


"The City does not accept payments for unpaid parking tickets over the phone," City Treasurer Jim Langfelder said.  "Notifications of unpaid parking tickets are made through US Mail, and payments can be made in person at the City's Municipal Building, by mail or drop box via check, or online through the city's website or www.illinoisepay.com."


Reports of this type of scam are being reported nationwide.  The thieves have been known to request that you buy them a Green Dot Moneypak, Vanilla Gift Card or other cash-loaded debit card.

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