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Phone scammer poses as law enforcement official

Posted at 3:12 PM, Feb 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-23 17:12:12-05

Sierra Vista Police are warning the public of a phone scam circulating in Cochise County.

According to SVPD, the caller is posing as a law enforcement official with the Cochise County Sheriff's Office. The caller demands money to be sent electronically to pay off a fine. 

SVPD says to use caution in all phone transactions and to never reveal personal information without confirming that the person calling is legitimate. In addition, law enforcement will never ask for payment using gift cards of any kind.

If you receive such a call, hang up and call the law enforcement agency or governmental organization back to verify the call or, if it is indeed a scam, to report it, SVPD Public Information Officer Cpl. Tim Wachtel says.