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10:05 AM Tue, Sept. 25th

Bogus Prescott cops call woman, try to scam her out of money

A Prescott woman was the target of a bogus “police” call demanding money, but did not fall for the ruse, according to Prescott Police spokesman David Fuller.

It happened at about noon Tuesday, March 13. An unknown suspect called the victim and claimed to be a Prescott police officer.

“The suspect told the victim she owed money because she did not report funds that were given her by a federal grant through Yavapai College,” Fuller said.

The victim told police that there was static on the line, which made it difficult to understand what was being said, including the “officer’s” name and a report number.

“Another male subject claiming to be a sergeant began talking to her on the phone and got upset with her, and hung up the phone,” Fuller said.

The victim’s caller ID showed the calling number as 928-777-1900 which is a number for the Prescott Police Department, but, Fuller pointed out, there is technology available that allows the incoming number to be “spoofed,” or faked.

Police have no leads in this case.

“We would like to remind everyone that the Prescott PD will never call anyone and ask for money,” Fuller said. “Never give personal information out unless you are 100 percent sure of the validity of the caller. Hang up and call the business back on a recognized business line.”