Scam Surfaces in Callaway County
Callaway County, Mo. - The Callaway County Sheriff's Office has received information of a scam that is starting to surface in Callaway County. Victims have been receiving phone calls from individuals claiming to work for Martinez and Associates and give an address of 11 East 11th Street Lawrence, K,S which is actually the address of the Douglas County Sheriff's Office in Lawrence, Kansas. During the phone call the person will tell the victim there is a law suit against their Social Security Number and may give the victim the last four digits of their SSN and request a payment. They further tell the victim that if they fail to pay they are subject to arrest.
One victim in Callaway County reported after forwarding money to Martinez and Associates he received a phone call showing a local number. When the victim answered, the caller identified himself as an officer with one of the local police departments in Callaway County. The caller told the victim he was contacted by Martinez and Associates and if he does not pay the rest of his loan he will arrest him.
None of the law enforcement agencies in Callaway County participates in loan collection activities such as the one described above. If any individual is contacted by Martinez and Associates or any organization making a similar claim, do not give them any personal information or send them any money.
The charge is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.