Phone scammer poses as Kingsport police officer

KINGSPORT, Tenn. - The Kingsport Police Department is warning people about a new phone scam.

Police say someone is calling people and identifying himself as Officer David Welch. He then tells the intended victim they failed to stop for a red light, and can pay their fine over the phone by giving him a credit card number.

Police say this is a scam. There is no one by that name at the department.

Residents are reminded to never give out any confidential information over the phone unless you know for certain it is a real call.

If you receive this kind of call, you are asked to report it to the Kingsport Police Department immediately.

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