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Sheriff's Office warns of threatening phone scam


Last updated 4/22/2020 at 8:04pm

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office has received reports of another phone scam. In these most recent cases, scammers call different citizens and pretend to be a deputy. The caller threatens the citizen with arrest if they didn’t pay to remedy a non-existent warrant. Their goal is to steal your money.  

Scammers use new technology called a “Spoof App” where it can appear the call is coming from a legitimate Sheriff’s Office phone number. These criminals will often ask you to pay in a way that makes it difficult for you to get your money returned by asking you to wire money, transfer money to an account, or asking you to load money onto a gift card/prepaid card. Anyone who asks you to pay this way is attempting to scam you.

“We would like to remind the community to never provide personal or financial information over the phone,” Sgt. Deborah Mynatt said in a press release. “Our office will not ask individuals to make payments to remedy fines or to clear warrants over the phone.”

If you feel you have been the victim of this type of scam, or if you have information, you are encouraged to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 719-390-5555, or a local law enforcement agency where you reside.


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