Tucson's Most Wanted: Scam alert issued by Sheriff's Dept.

Published: Nov. 3, 2015 at 4:14 PM MST|Updated: Mar. 2, 2018 at 4:22 PM MST
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PIMA COUNTY, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Somebody is posing over the phone as a Pima County Sheriff's official and attempting to solicit personal information and/or money to pay for outstanding fines.
 
It has happened several times in recent weeks, escalating to point where the caller is asking potential victims to meet at Sheriff's Department locations in order to exchange money via electronic transfer.
 
Officials said the scammer initially posed as a 'Lieutenant Phillips' but is now using the name 'Detective Mike Terrell.' In some cases, he reportedly tried to get a vehicle identification number (VIN) for the victim's car and in other cases, the scammer claimed the victim had a warrant and needed to pay the fine immediately. 
 
"We want to remind you that we will never solicit a payment or request money over the phone," said one Pima County Sheriff's Department representative. "We also will not request any of your personal information over the phone such as your social security number or the VIN for your vehicle."

If you receive such a phone call, "Hang up!" said Pima County Deputy Tracy Suitt. "Do not become a scammer's next victim."
 
Tucson News Now's
Som Lisaius is talking to Sheriff's Department officials about this scam today and will have a full report live at 6 in tonight's Tucson's Most Wanted.

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