A new money scam is targeting Arapahoe County residents and authorities want you to know about it

Posted at 5:28 PM, Aug 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-18 19:28:51-04

ARAPAHOE COUNTY, Colo. – A new money scam is targeting Arapahoe County residents and authorities want you to be aware of it so you don’t fall victim to thieves.

Residents in the City of Aurora have reported they’ve received calls from someone stating they were with the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office Department.

The scammers then tell unsuspecting people that they had arrest warrants for failing to appear for jury duty and that the warrant can go away so long as the person pays a fine, according to the Aurora Police Department.

The callers have also identified themselves as “agents” with the “Federal Warrant and Citation Division,” calling from the following number: (720) 722-9904.

The police department is now advising everyone to let close family members, relatives and friends know about the scam.

APD also offered several tips and “some easy ways” to not get scammed:

  1. If someone identifies themselves as a law enforcement officer and you’re suspicious, contact the department that they are claiming to represent to verify their affiliation.
  2. Don't answer or trust unknown numbers.
  3. Don't give out your financial information.
  4. Verify information of the caller as well as the company. Find the customer service numbers and give them a call before you take any action.
  5. Be instantly suspicious of "deals" that require secrecy.
  6. Take a few days to consider money propositions; talk them out with someone close to you.

If you’ve received a call like this in Aurora, call Officer Larson at (303) 739-6178.