This past week a fisherman fell victim to a unique scam and it cost him big time.
According to Channel 5 News out of Nashville, a man, posing as a Tennessee wildlife officer, approached a man fishing and asked to see his fishing liciense. When the angler could not produce a license the imposter “confinscated” his kayak and fishing rods.
The Trousdale County Sherrif issued the following account of the incident on their Facebook page.
The Trousdale County Sheriff’s Office asks everyone to be on the lookout for a man impersonating an officer.
On Tuesday September 24, 2019 approximately 5:30 pm a report was made to the Sheriff’s Office.
A fisherman reported he was fishing at the Second Creek boat ramp off Oldham Road. He was approached by man identifying himself as a Tennessee Wildlife Officer. The man asked to see his fishing license. When the fisherman did not present his license the man confiscated his fishing pole and kayak. Afterward, the man walked back to his truck and appeared to be talking on a radio.
The man was described as white, 6 foot, slim, dark hair, wearing brown pants and a brown shirt with a gun on his hip. He was driving a newer model, green, Chevrolet truck with brush guard on the front.
The fisherman stated he did not question the man’s authority, as he looked like a Wildlife Officer. Later, he realized the man was impersonating an officer, as he did not get a ticket and the truck did not have markings on it.
The Sheriff’s Office has contacted officials with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. TWRA is assisting with the investigation. Similar incidents have occurred in Tennessee.
Hopefully, the man gets his gear back and no one else is taken by this scam artist.