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400 women fall victim to Colorado law enforcement phone scam

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DENVER (KDVR) – The FBI issued a warning Monday about a phone scam in Colorado and Wyoming.

Scammers are posing as local law enforcement officials and calling potential victims about unpaid orders or fines and asking them to pay to clear the victim’s name, according to the FBI.

“The FBI warns citizens that if they receive a phone call from someone claiming to be a law enforcement agency asking for money or a gift card, hang up and report it to local law enforcement and FBI,” FBI Special Agent Denver Division at Charge Michael Schneider.

The FBI says that from 2016-2021, more than 300 women in Larimer County have
cheated, along with more than 100 women from 2017-2021 in Denver.

Scammers use fake law enforcement phone numbers, along with names, job titles
and addresses of real, local officers. The FBI says this scam is mainly targeting women with high incomes
people with an online presence.

Here’s what you should look out for, according to the FBI:

  • Calls from local law enforcement indicating an individual was fined for unpaid orders
  • Calls from local law enforcement indicate that the court is holding the individual for non-appearance for jury duty.
  • Calls from local law enforcement said an individual had been placed on a “gag order” and was not authorized to speak to anyone else about the matter.
  • Calls from local law enforcement asking you to keep the phone until the “bond” is paid
  • Claim a monetary gift card (MoneyPak / green dot etc) bank deposits and buy vouchers to clear a court fine or avoid jail time
  • Request videos or photos of individuals conducting self-examination to clear a court sentence or avoid jail time
  • Callers are described as having a Southern accent

The FBI says that law enforcement will never call you if you have an arrest warrant for lack of jury duty, nor will they ask you to send money to clear the warrant. Finally, they will never ask you to send pictures or videos of you for any reason.

If you believe you have been the victim of this scam or other fraudulent activity, please contact FBI Denver at 303-629-7171 and File a complaint with the FBI.

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Emma Bowman

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