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Sheriff's Office Warns of Phone Scam

 

December 6, 2017



El Paso County Sheriff’s Office personnel have received intelligence of another scam.

According to Jacqueline Kirby, Media Relations Manager/PIO for the sheriff’s office, in these new cases, the suspects are using the name of Sergeant Price. The messages range from having warrants out for their arrest to civil judgments, in addition to missing a court date. The office had over 20 reports of this scam last week.

At times, the phone number can appear to be a legitimate number with the sheriff’s office. This can be done by using an application called “Spoof Card.” This application allows the suspect to use any legitimate phone number to call from with intent of victimizing people for large amounts of money. The suspects in these cases have been asking the potential victims to call 719-582-5311. The voice mail answers as though it is the sheriff’s office, Kirby said..

“If someone calls you claiming to be an employee with the sheriff’s office and is asking for money for any reason, please hang up and call your local law enforcement agency,” Kirby said. “Again, the sheriff’s office would like to remind citizens that our Office NEVER calls and informs individuals they have an active warrant and NEVER asks individuals to make payments to clear up a warrant. We will also NEVER call to ask for money, for any reason.”

She concluded, “If you have information about or have fallen victim to this scam, please contact your local law enforcement agency.”

 

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