The Town of Jackson is waring the community about a scammer posing as JPD officer, asking for money to resolve fake legal issues. Photo: Nick Sulzer // Buckrail

JACKSON, Wyo. — The Jackson Police Department announced today, Oct. 22 that the department has been made aware of a potential scam operation that is currently taking place in the Town of Jackson.

According to a press release issued by the Town of Jackson, a scammer is calling individuals in the community from a number that appears to be the Jackson Police Department’s main phone line: (307) 733-1430. The individual has been posing as a Jackson Police Officer and informing individuals that they have been issued a subpoena. The scammer then instructs the individuals to obtain a money order to resolve the issue. These scam calls began taking place at approximately 8:30 a.m. today, Friday, Oct. 22.

The Jackson Police Officer would not instruct anyone to obtain a money order to resolve any sort of ticket, subpoena or other legally issued documents.

Community members who have received a phone call from what appears to be a Jackson Police Officer and have concerns about the caller’s legitimacy please call the Town of Jackson’s Police Department at (307) 733-1430 or the Teton County Dispatch Center’s non-emergency number at (307) 733-2331.

Local law enforcement is currently working to resolve this issue. The Police Department is advising anyone who has received a request from someone who claims to be from the Jackson Police Department not to obtain a money order or any other form of payment as instructed by the scammer, but rather contact the local authorities.

According to a local community member who was a victim of the scam, the caller contacted her this afternoon. “He sounded like he had a southern accent and was totally aggressive and aggravated,” she told Buckrail. She was not scammed out of any money but was told to go to the police department. There, officers informed her of the scam. She was told at the Police Department that the scammer is using the names of real Jackson Police Department officers.

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Lindsay Vallen is a Community News Reporter covering a little bit of everything; with an interest in politics, wildlife, and amplifying community voices. Originally from the east coast, Lindsay has called Wilson, Wyoming home since 2017. In her free time, she enjoys snowboarding, hiking, cooking, and completing the Jackson Hole Daily crosswords.