Monday, February 3, 2014

CCSO Receiving Reports Of Phone Scam

Collier County Sheriff’s Office detectives staffing the agency’s Call Before You “Pay” fraud hotline are receiving reports of a phone scam in which the caller claims to be a law enforcement officer and demands money from the victim. The caller threatens the victim, saying that if payment is not made a warrant will be issued for the victim’s arrest.

Sometimes the scammer manipulates the caller ID to make it appear that the call is coming from a local law enforcement agency.

Click here to listen to the voicemail one scammer left for a potential victim.

CCSO advises the community that no law enforcement agency would ask for money to avoid being arrested. If you owe a collection company, call them and verify that a representative called to collect money.

For assistance with any suspicious encounter involving a request for money or personal information, contact the Collier County Sheriff’s Office’s Call Before You “Pay” hotline – (239) 252-CALL (2255). The hotline is staffed by a CCSO deputy in the Financial Crimes Bureau between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.