Maplewood Area Businesses Report Suspicious Phone Calls

Updated: 02/14/2014 4:26 PM
Created: 02/14/2014 3:37 PM
By: Cassie Hart

More phone call scams are being reported in the metro.

This time, the Maplewood Police Department is investigating five separate incidents of suspicious calls being placed to Maplewood-area businesses.

In all five incidents, the caller identified himself as being a police officer from the Maplewood, St. Paul, or Roseville Police Department. In all instances, the caller was described as having a deep male voice.

Unlike other scam calls, the caller did not ask for money, nor did they claim to represent a fundraising effort.

According to police, the caller told the employee he was conducting a survey of area businesses or collecting information as part of a school presentation project. The caller would then ask or attempt to ask the employee a series of personal questions, including: age, length of employment, hair color, and a description of the type of uniform or clothing worn by the employee.

Police say female employees were answering the phone in all of the reported incidents. The caller reportedly started the conversations in a professional and articulate manner. In every instance, once confronted, the caller hangs up.

“The nature of the contact and number of similar incidents occurring at various unrelated businesses is of concern,” said Maplewood Police Chief Paul Schnell. “While we have no information to suggest that the caller represents a physical danger, the content and focus of the calls is understandably troubling to those receiving these harassing phone calls,” he added.

Investigators are working to identity of the caller. Maplewood Police are urging residents to report similar incidents

Anyone with information is asked to call the Maplewood Police Department at 651-767-0640 or 911.

Photo: KSTP/file

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