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May 24, 2017
Imagine getting a phone call from police claiming that unless you pay cash now, they'll be forced to arrest you in your home. This is a scam, and former Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder explains the details they will ask for, and how you can beat the thieves. *** Imagine sitting at home and receiving a phone call, from an individual identifying themself from the Unified Police Department, who tells you that if you don’t arrange to bring several hundred dollars to the police department, that they will come out and arrest you. Today there is a large number of phone scams occurring in which individuals call vulnerable individuals, and indicate to them that if they do not go down and obtain a cashiers check and bring it to a particular location, that law enforcement, the FBI, the IRS, or other public agency will come and arrest them. This scam has been perpetrated dozens and dozens of times, both here in Utah and across the country. Individuals are actually bringing money to local police departments and meeting the suspects in the parking lot where they are transmitting cashiers’ checks to individuals identifying themselves as law enforcement. It is important to understand that agencies like the Unified Police Department, or any other legitimate government entity, would never call you at your home and ask you to bring cash. The way to manage this, is if you receive a phone call in which an individual identifies themself as a government official, tell them you will phone them back, identify the ACTUAL number for that agency, and confirm their identity and their desires. Please don’t fall prey to these terrible individuals who are taking advantage of our community in the name of our public safety agencies.
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