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Fraud alert -- Police warning about phone scam where callers impersonate officers


  Feb. 27, 2014

  Contact: Sgt. Mark Clark, public information officer, 480-312-1910 


  Fraud alert -- Police warning about phone scam where callers
  impersonate officers

Scottsdale Police are alerting citizens about an officer impersonation phone scam. Callers are phoning citizens claiming to be a Scottsdale police officer, court officer or other agency officer. They then demand that a fine be paid for a warrant, photo-radar ticket or other court matter.

Residents who receive a call like this should immediately identify it as a scam. Police or court officers will never phone any citizen asking for payment of any kind.

During the scam calls, an individual impersonating an officer asks the citizen to purchase a “green-dot” card or other financial tool to "pay the fine." The scammer then asks the citizen to provide the card number or financial information.

If you receive a call like this, please report it to the Police Department by calling 480-312-5000.

Remember -- police or court officers will never phone a citizen asking for payment of any kind. As an added precaution, police recommend that you never provide personal or financial information to any caller or unsolicited contact.

If you are in doubt, please contact the agency the caller claims to be representing to verify information.