An impostor didn’t flash a badge. Instead a sheriff’s department phone number on caller I-D made the call seem official.
The caller left on voice mail said “This is James Larson civil processor with the Dodge County Sheriff’s Department.” Christina Merchlewitz said she received the call, “I think they’re trying to be an impostor of a police officer to really shake me and scare me to pay this money. But this bill I know is not out there. I don’t owe any debt he’s trying to collect.”
The Dodge County Sheriff heard the recording. Sheriff Steve Hespen said, “That’s not correct. We have no one by that name in our department.”
A sheriff's detective contacted the number left with the victim. It’s answered by someone confirming they are with Morgan Jackson a debt collection agency. The spokesman said, “Absolutely that’s something that shouldn’t have been conducted if it was through our firm. Appropriate actions will be taken.”
Still Christina said pays close attention to anyone who might approach her door. She said, “If they’re pretending to be a cop on the phone who is to say they’re not gong to pretend to be a cop at my door.”