Sheriff's warn of on-going scam

Sheriff's warn of on-going scam

By Rikki Mitchell. CREATED Sep 17, 2013

PIMA COUNTY, Ariz. (KGUN9-TV) - The Pima County Sheriff's Department is warning the public about a scam where someone claims to be law enforcement over the phone.

Deputy Tracy Suitt with PCSD tells KGUN9 that the phone number shows up as a valid Sheriff's Department number, and the caller states that the victim has an outstanding warrant.

The caller then directs the person to purchase a pre-paid credit card to pay for the warrant and provides and phone number to return the call.

They then ask for immediate payment.

The Sheriff's Department says the scammers are using caller ID "spoofing" to make their number appear as a Sheriff's number.

Detectives say just because the caller ID says the number is from a bank or law enforcement, do not give out personal information.

First contact the law enforcement agency, or bank independently to see if what the caller says is true.

Law enforcement agencies will not ask you to send payments or purchase pre-paid credit cards for fines.

You can always report suspicious calls to law enforcement by calling the non-emergency line, 520-351-4900.

Rikki Mitchell

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Rikki Mitchell is a proud University of Arizona grad and joined the KGUN9 team after graduation. Rikki reports for the evening newscasts.