RI State Police: Be aware of telephone scam


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Rhode Island State Police are warning residents of a telephone scam.

A male caller identifies himself as either Lt. Frank Rodgers, Lt. Frank Williams, Judge J.J. McConley or Captain Mike Davis of the Providence County Sheriff’s Office.

The caller then advises the citizen that they have an outstanding court warrant and must provide payment in order to avoid arrest. Residents are also told payments can be made in the form of a pre-paid card.

These calls are an attempt to defraud citizens and are completely fictitious.

The Rhode Island Division of Sheriffs does not request payment for fines in any form and is strongly urging anyone who has received this type of call to disregard it.

Anyone with questions regarding these calls can reach the Rhode Island State Police Detective Trooper Stephen Vinton at (401) 275-2930.

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