Car Crash Phone Scam Circulating Colorado Springs

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A telephone scam is circulating our area. It’s dramatic and personal. It is about family, and any of us could easily be a target.

11 News is talking to a man who almost fell victim.

Deon got an alarming phone call from a number he didn't recognize. The caller said there was a bad accident involving a truck, an SUV and a car that happened in downtown Colorado Springs.

“As soon as he said downtown, my heart jumped and I was very upset,” Deon said.

Deon's wife drives a 4-door car and was supposed to be headed downtown to a hair appointment. But then there was an interesting twist. The caller’s brother was also in the crash. The caller said his brother is a fugitive and was holding Deon's wife hostage.

“He stated if I got some money to his brother, he could get out of town and he could get my wife."

When Deon pressed the caller for answers, it just didn't add up.

“He couldn't tell me the color of the vehicles, he couldn't tell me the name of my wife or anything like that."

Deon hung up and called police. He's hoping others will learn from this and not fall victim.

This scam has been circulating in the Pikes Peak region for the past few weeks. The El Paso County Sheriff's Office issued a warning about this same scam earlier in February.

Colorado Springs police say they have briefed all their officers on this scam. The criminals might know a few simple facts about you, such as your marital status, or what part of town you live in. That’s stuff that is easy to find out, and it could draw you in to the story.

If you receive a call like this, call police. Officers can actually verify traffic crashes, even if they are in a different city.