The Arizona Sheriff’s Association wants to remind everyone to be careful when giving out personal information over the phone.
The most recent phone scam comes out of Yuma County. The Yuma County Sheriff’s Office received a call in reference to a Social Security Scam. The caller received an automated voicemail stating that his social security number had been fraudulently used and that he needed to call them back in order to correct the issue. The individual called the number back and spoke to a man who identified himself as "Kevin Anderson." Mr. Anderson told the individual that a vehicle was found down by the border in Texas and was loaded with cocaine and had evidence, including his social security number, that link him to the vehicle. The individual did NOT provide the caller with any personal information and contacted the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office.
We have seen several cases where scammers are replicating law enforcement’s phone numbers and calling citizens, attempting to solicit personal information from them. We continue to ask the community to NEVER release any personal information over the phone unless you can confirm who you are speaking to. So please hang up, look up the department or organization’s information and call them back to verify.
Here is a list of other scams reported in Arizona:
Grandparent scam: You get a phone call from someone posing as a grandchild who is supposedly out of town and in a desperate situation. They are claiming to be locked in jail, have had a car accident or are in need of medical treatment and they need money immediately. They’ll want money wired to them. DO NOT WIRE ANY MONEY.
Jury duty scam: This time the call is from someone claiming to be from the local courthouse or law enforcement agency, telling victims they failed to report for jury duty and a warrant has been issued for their arrest. Victims are offered the option to pay a fine or get arrested. The fraudsters will typically demand payment through a money transfer or by loading a prepaid card. They have been known to use actual names of local Officers and Judges in the scam to make it seem legitimate. Scammers have gone as far as using devices that allow them to display local law enforcement phone numbers on your caller ID. You will never receive a phone call from law enforcement or the courts about failing to appear for jury duty. We will never call you and tell you to pay money to get a warrant to go away.
Lottery scam: While the other scams prey on fear and concern, this one aims to convince you that you’ve won money in a foreign lottery. Never mind that you can’t recall ever entering one. The call will come from someone who sounds official. They’ll ask for a payment up-front for supposed taxes and fees so you can collect your winnings.
Utility scam: This is another fear-based scam that involves convincing you that the utility company is about to cut off service due to unpaid bills. The scammers will naturally want money sent to them by money transfer or a prepaid card.
Jail scam: Do not give any personal or financial information to anyone claiming to be a relative who is in jail. Pinal County has received numerous phone calls from people who have received some suspicious calls.
The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office received several phone calls regarding a possible scam. Several people called PCSO after receiving a call from the Adult Detention call number (855) 355-0358. The caller claimed to be a relative, in some cases, they were now in jail after a vehicle accident. The caller did not identify as an inmate with Pinal County Jail but from various facilities from across the nation. Fortunately, the people who were called realized that it was a possible scam and hung up before the caller could get any information from them. They called the (855) 355-0358 number back and reported the call to our detention staff. PCSO blocked the numbers of the people who received phone calls. If you received a call from our Adult Detention Center, please hang up and do not give any personal information to the caller.
If you believe you have been a victim, please contact your local law enforcement agency.