DOUGLAS COUNTY - The Douglas County Sheriff's Office is receiving reports of a fraudulent scheme where someone is representing themselves to be a DCSO deputy.
This is not the first time this has happened this year.
According to the DCSO research, the suspect calls people and tells them that they have a warrant for their arrest and that they need to wire money immediately to prevent them from being arrested.
Not only is this scam occurring in Douglas County but across the Front Range.
The Douglas County Sheriff's Office reminds citizens that no law enforcement agency contacts citizens by phone, email or regular mail and tells them to pay fees/fines by wiring money, using prepaid money cards, using a money telegram or using similar methods.
Tips to avoid becoming a victim:
- Never give your personal identification information over the phone or computer
- You may make an exception if you initiated the call or contact and you are certain that you are talking to a trustworthy employee of a trustworthy business Never wire money to anyone claiming to be a police officer to get out of an arrest, etc.
- Never wire money to get more money back (sweepstakes or lottery), or help someone get out of a bad situation such as an arrest, or a broken down vehicle especially if the person requesting the money is not known to you personally, or the person called and claimed to be a distant relative, etc.
- If something doesn't feel right – pay attention to your instincts and don't become a victim
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