Telephone Scam Alert
Release Date: Jul 28, 2014
Public Information Officer
Larimer County Sheriff's Office
The Larimer County Sheriff's Office has been receiving reports recently of a new pitch that telephone scammers are using to extort and defraud residents. The scam begins with an unsolicited phone call, in which the callers identify themselves as government officials, often from the IRS or a public utility, and demand payment of back taxes or unpaid service bills. The scammers then aggressively argue that if payment is not made immediately, the police will be dispatched to arrest or physically harm the victim.
This is not typical of actual collection processes of the IRS or local utilities. The Larimer County Sheriff's Office urges residents who receive such a call to write down the caller's name and any information the caller gives, end the call, and then independently contact the agency the caller claimed to be working for to verify the status of any accounts. Residents should not call back to the number the call came from, but instead, use a previous billing statement, a phone book, or the internet to determine the official phone number for the agency.
In general, residents should never give out any personal or financial information to an unsolicited telephone caller.
More information on these and other frequently encountered frauds and scams are available online at http://larimersheriff.org Click on the "Stay Safe" link.
The Larimer County Sheriff's Office Fraud and Scams webpage advises:
If residents have fallen victim to a scammer, they should follow these five steps:
· Do not communicate further with the scammers.
· Contact your bank.
· Contact the fraud departments of the three major credit bureaus.
· File a police report.
· Document the dates, times, and topics of all of your communications with the scammers, financial institutions, the credit bureaus, and law enforcement.
Anyone with information regarding this incident or any crime is asked to call Larimer County Sheriff’s Office at 970-416-1985 or Crime Stoppers at 970-221-6868 where you will remain anonymous and possibly be eligible for a cash reward.