Phone Scam

The Arapahoe County Sheriff’s office, along with other metro-area law enforcement agencies, continues to get reports of scammers pretending to be officers and deputies. In many cases, scammers are manipulating caller ID to mimic the real phone numbers of local police and sheriff’s offices. When they call, the caller ID indicates that the call is coming from a legitimate number.

Typical scams generally involve the caller identifying themselves as a law enforcement officer and telling the citizen that they have a warrant or an open case, or that they have missed jury duty. They ask for information such as full name, date of birth and Social Security number. They may tell the citizen that they can take care of the problem by paying a fine, which is followed by a request for a money transfer or a prepaid credit card.

Scammers make the calls sound more legitimate by providing phony case numbers and using official terminology. The Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office recommends not speaking with these types of callers. Never give financial or other personal information to these callers. This includes your full name, date of birth, Social Security number, credit card numbers or bank account information. If you are suspicious, ask for a phone number to call the person back and then notify law enforcement.

Contact the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office Crime Prevention Unit at 720-874-3750 or 720-874-4040 for more information.

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