Local police want residents to be on alert for fraud
The Poplar Bluff Police Department wants residents to be on alert for a fraud.
The department says a suspect is trying to coerce victims into paying money for a nonexistent bond.
In one complaint, the suspect identified himself as “Deputy Jeff Rolland with Butler County,” and threatened to arrest the victim if they did not pay a $800 bond using prepaid credit cards.
In another complaint, the suspect posed as a member of the victim’s family, said they had been arrested, and asked that the victim pay their bond using a prepaid credit card.
Law enforcement agencies do not collect bond money over the phone.
Anyone who receives such a call is encouraged to hang up and call their local law enforcement agency.