STOW, Ohio — Editor's note: The video in the player above is from a story published on May 21, 2021.
The Stow Police Department is warning residents today about an alarming new scam in which a caller is pretending to be a detective inquiring about a missed court date and subsequent fine.
"We've had numerous calls to our department today from residents reporting that someone called and identified themselves as being Stow Detective Jeff Snyder. The caller leaves a telephone number and message that states that they need to call him about a missed court date and fine," a post on the Stow Police Department's Facebook page reads.
According to the post, the department does not have a Detective Snyder and they are not making phone calls regarding missed court dates. Officials are urging anyone who received a call to ignore the message. They also urge you to never give out any personal information over the phone and to tell anyone who may not have a Facebook account of the scam.
"If a message is left, there is no need to call the person back and never provide personal information such as your Social Security Number or bank information. Please alert family members or friends that may not be on Facebook."