Phony Money Being Floated In Dexter
Dexter, Mo. – Police here report to SEMO Times a wave of counterfeit money distributed across the city.
Police reports Friday indicate phony bills popped up at several locations in Dexter, including Thursday at 1608 W. Business 60; 819 W. Business 60; and 1603 W. Business 60.
Saturday police reported fake currency passed Friday at 707 W. Specialty in the city.
These events are being investigated by the department’s Criminal Investigations Division, police said Saturday.
Also, Dexter Police Department Asst. Police Chief Maj. Larry Patterson, Jr., said recently a possible telephone scam is being perpetrated against residents.
The major noted a resident reported being contacted by a man who claimed to represent Direct Television.
The caller identified himself as a technician working for Direct TV,, and said there was trouble with the subject’s connection.
The caller told the subject he “needed to access the internet at the residence in order to test the signal,” of her Direct TV, the major said.
The man began issuing instructions regarding using her computer to offer him access, Patterson said. The subject ended the call and contacted police, he said.
The subject contacted Direct TV and was informed no such calls were made to the residence, the assistant chief continued.
The scam proceeds with the caller saying he needs to run a scan or line test, the major said. The caller then indicates the line is bad and a small fee is required to affect repairs.
Once subjects supply callers with their credit information scammers often drain bank accounts, Patterson said.
Police ask residents to be mindful when offering such information to unknown parties and invite those who think they are victims of such hoaxes to contact the police department immediately.
Dexter police may be reached at 573.624.5512.