Denver Police Department reports: 'It has come to our attention that the number of scams where suspects impersonate us is growing. The scam usually comes in the form of a phone call with the caller claiming to be a Denver Police officer or Denver Sheriff’s deputy.'
Denver Police Department shared on Facebook:
'The scammer tells the person that they have missed jury duty, failed to pay a citation, have a warrant or unpaid loans and will soon be arrested. The phone number the scammer calls from is often spoofed to make it look like its coming from our office. After explaining the reason for the call, the scammer says that they can get the 'arrest' cancelled if they pay a fine by wire-transferring money. With a wire transfer, suspects can take control of the money quickly and it becomes almost impossible to recover. These scammers are also known to impersonate the IRS, FBI and other law enforcement agencies.
Hopefully, you never get one of these call, but just in case, here are some tips to prevent this scam…
- We won’t call to warn you that you’re about to be arrested, nor will we ever ask for payment over phone or negotiate payment with you to negate a warrant.
- Don’t provide the caller with any personal or banking information.
- Get as much information from the caller as possible, like a name, badge number, and assignment.
- Call the Denver Police Department to verify the legitimacy of any phone call that appears to be from us. Don’t use a call back number provided by the caller. Independently verify our correct contact number by visiting Denvergov.org/Police.
- Remember that a legitimate government agency will not use wire services or pre-pay services to collect fines.
If you receive a call from someone attempting to get you to send money for a fine or arrest warrant, hang up and contact your local police department.'