Phone Scammer Again Claiming to Be With LOPD

Posted Wed, 12/28/2022 - 11:10am

LAKE OSWEGO - In September, we learned that a man with a southern accent claiming to be Lake Oswego Police Sergeant Tom Harper was trying to scam people out of money. This week, we have become aware that this is happening again. A man with a southern accent is once again calling people, claiming to be Sergeant Tom Harper in an attempt to scam them.  

As a reminder, the police department will never call you and request money from community members for arrest warrants or any other circumstances. Sergeant Harper is an actual Sergeant with the Lake Oswego Police Department, but he is not calling anyone about arrest warrants or subpoenas. This is a scam.

Last time, the scammer told people that they missed a court date they were subpoenaed for and that there are now warrants for the person’s arrest. He then asks how the person would like to clear up the warrants, suggesting that they pay him directly. If the person doesn’t answer the phone, the man leaves a voicemail message instructing the person to call him at (503) 647-3258. That number currently has a message indicating it is the Happy Valley Police Department, but it is not.

If you receive a call from someone claiming to be Sergeant Harper about warrants, please call the Lake Oswego Police Department non-emergency dispatch number at (503) 635-0238.