If a stranger calls on the phone, says you won a big pile of money, and all you have to do to claim it is send them money, just say NO!
The Oro Valley Police Department Criminal Investigations Unit is investigating a case where an individual called the victim claiming to be a detective with the OVPD, Lt. Kara Riley, spokeswoman for the OVPD, said in a news release. The caller told the victim she was the recipient of a large sum of money as a result of an insurance settlement with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and she needed to send money to ensure the delivery of her claim.
The phone number the suspect called from indicated it was from the Oro Valley Police Department; however, no such calls were made.
Recently, the Pima County Sheriff’s Department received multiple reports of a similar scam.
“Scams of this nature are a common occurrence, and citizens are encouraged to be cautious when speaking with subjects offering them money, goods or services they did not legitimately order when cash payment is requested prior to receipt,” Riley said.
In cases where contact is made over the telephone or electronic media, the OVPD encourages citizens to contact the police department to confirm the identity of the person claiming to be a police officer, detective or deputy.
Anyone with information on this investigation or has received such a phone call or email should report to 911 or 88-CRIME.