Springfield police are putting out a warning about a telephone scam in the area.
A caller is telling the intended target that they’ve won a large cash prize… but that they have to send $1500 to an out-of-state address to process the transaction.
If the person on the other end is skeptical, the caller says they will have Springfield police contact the target to verify the information. A short time later, a caller from a restricted number identifies himself as Lieutenant Handlin and says the prize offer is for real. It isn’t, and neither is Lieutenant Handlin.
Springfield police say you should never send cash to claim a prize. The case is under investigation.