Sheriff warns of phone scam
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office issued a warning Thursday about a phone scam that threatens imprisonment if the person called does not cooperate.
“We are seeing an alarming increase of victims being scammed in our communities,” said Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario. “Don’t be a victim. Have a plan.
“Click delete or hang up the phone. Don’t engage – you can’t lose an argument if you don’t argue,” Vallario advised.
The scam has been reported in Garfield County and nationwide.
The caller speaks with a foreign accent and implies that he is calling on behalf of an attorney’s office in Dallas, Texas. The caller states that the person answering the phone will be contacted at their workplace by the sheriff and an investigation team within 24 hours, and will be arrested and held in jail until an investigation is complete.
The callers in this scam then attempt to obtain personal information about the person and use that information to gain access to other information, including bank accounts or credit cards. The caller uses plausibility, fear and personal information in order to force cooperation.
“Citizens should never release personal information over the phone,” Vallario said. “Always report suspicious activity immediately.”
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