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Cochise County deputies warn against phone scams

Cochise County deputies say criminals are impersonating them to steal money from residents.
Cochise County deputies say criminals are impersonating them to steal money from residents.
Published: Aug. 2, 2021 at 3:36 PM MST
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TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - The Cochise County Sheriff’s Office is urging residents to be wary of phone scams after, they say, victims lost a combined total of $5,400 in one day.

Deputies say criminals are impersonating officers and calling residents, falsely claiming that a warrant has been issued for the victim’s arrest and asking them to purchase a Green Dot MoneyPak and provide the caller with the number on the card.

After the transaction ends, deputies say, the caller encourages the victim to mail the used card’s to the Sheriff’s Office’s jury services in Bisbee.

Deputies say they got 18 cards on Monday, August 2 each for $300.

“The instruction to mail the cards with the real address of the Sheriff’s Office is lending credibility to the scam and is helping the criminal seem to be official,” according to a news release.

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