The St. Joseph Police Department is warning area residents of a recent phone scam.
According to St. Joseph Police Capt. Jeff Wilson, an individual from outside the city is calling residents and identifying himself as a police officer.
"He is even using the names of actual officers," Wilson says in an email. "Then (he) will state that the person being called has a warrant and can handle it through a monetary arrangement.
This is a scam."
Wilson says anyone who receives a call like this should contact the Police Department and not make any payments the phone. The number for non-emergency calls to the St. Joseph Police Department is (816) 271-4777.