New scam using El Paso County Sheriff's Office as cover

Published: Dec. 9, 2019 at 1:26 PM MST
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Authorities are warning of a new phone scam making the rounds, using the El Paso County Sheriff's Office as a cover.

According to the actual sheriff's office, the scammer has been leaving voicemails for random residents claiming they had either a warrant or some sort of legal matter to take care of immediately or else face consequences.

"In these most recent cases, they are using the name of an actual employee of the sheriff's office," an EPSO spokesperson said in a statement Monday.

EPSO is warning the community that scammers have become very sophisticated with methods that make them appear legitimate.

"They use actual names of employees and can appear to be calling from a legitimate sheriff's office by using an application called 'spoof card.' This application allows the suspect to use any legitimate phone number to call from with the intent of victimizing people for large amounts of money," the sheriff's office said.

EPSO is also reminding the public they would never call over a warrant, missed court, or any other legal action, and would never solicit money.

"Our office will never call to inform individuals they owe money for any reason and will not ask individuals to make payments to remedy fines. We also do not collect money for any other government agency."

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