Phone scams target Eagle County residents
Ryan Summerlin May 8, 2014
EAGLE COUNTY — The Eagle County Sheriff’s Office has received several complaints regarding telephone scams from residents. The scam involves a caller stating that they work for the Sheriff’s Office and that a warrant has been issued for the individual answering the telephone. The caller then states that the individual will be arrested if a fine is not immediately paid. Further complicating the matter is that the calls appear to be legitimate phone numbers, but are, in fact, bogus as technology is being used to make it appear to be from a local number.
These requests are not legitimate and do not originate from the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office or other related agencies. The Eagle County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind citizens to beware of telephone and mail scams. When you send money to people you do not know personally or give personal or financial information to unknown callers, you significantly increase your chances of becoming a victim.
It is a crime for anyone to falsely represent himself or herself as law enforcement and such an offense is taken very seriously. Persons receiving such a telephone call or delivered mail should not provide the requested information or pay any fines without confirming accuracy of the request first. If you believe it is a scam you should contact the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
If you think you may have any information about the suspects or this crime, call the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office at 970-328-8500.
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