Evanston police warn of traffic ticket scam targeting residents

The Evanston Police Department has issued a warning to the public regarding a recent traffic ticket scam.

Several Evanston residents have reported receiving phone calls from an individual claiming to be Sergeant Sophier with the Evanston Police Department. The caller informs the residents that they must pay outstanding traffic tickets or face arrest.

Then, when the residents try to disengage the scammer, police say the scammer calls them from a spoof number that looks like the call is coming from the US Marshal's Service or the City of Evanston 3-1-1.

The fraudulent calls are made from a number that appears as 312-353-5290 on caller ID. When this number is dialed, it leads to a voicemail of an individual impersonating Sergeant Sophier.

Residents are advised to not share any financial information with these callers and not to agree to meet with them in person. If anyone has fallen victim to this scam, they are urged to contact the Evanston Police Department to file a report at 847-866-5000.

The investigation is ongoing.