Doña Ana County

SCAMMERS UP THEIR GAME IN NEW, DETAILED SCHEME

SCAMMERS UP THEIR GAME IN NEW, DETAILED SCHEME

A new, updated version of a years-old scam is again circulating in Doña Ana County, reportedly bilking one victim Wednesday out of $1,500. 

Doña Ana County Sheriff’s deputies say the victim reportedly received a phone call from a number that appeared to be the main number to the sheriff’s office, and the caller used the name of an actual sergeant who works for the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office. According to the victim, the caller wanted $1,500 to clear up a missed court appearance.

The victim was directed to purchase three Reloadit ® prepaid cash cards and relay the card numbers over the phone.
What made this scam believable was the amount of detail that went into the scammer’s call – they knew details about the victim’s line of work and gave specific location information about the aisle of a local Las Cruces grocery store where the prepaid cards could be purchased. 

The victim was then told to mail the cards to a Washington, D.C. address of the U.S. Department of the Treasury, but the money on the cards had already been transferred. 

Residents are reminded to never, under any circumstances, believe that the sheriff’s office or any other law enforcement agency or court will contact you by phone to collect money. Additionally, fines or warrants can never be resolved using prepaid cash cards. 

Anyone who receives similar calls is asked to contact the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office, (575) 525-1911, or the law enforcement agency of your jurisdiction.
 

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