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Icon 04/25/2013 - Help Identify Subjects

FRAUD ALERT Mesa County, Colo. — Sheriffs Office investigators are asking the public for assistance in identifying the three photographed subjects. Fraud cases have occurred in recent months and investigators would like to identify and speak with the three men about what they might know in connection to the various cas

Icon 07/23/2012 - Phone Scams in Our Area

Today, deputies took one report of a phone scam where the (potential) victim was told they had won millions of dollars from Publishers Clearing House, along with multiple gifts. The caller advised the victim they needed to pay $4,500.00, in advance to cover some taxes.

Icon 12/07/2011 - Asphalt Scam

This is a reoccurring scam in our community and the Sheriff’s Office is hearing more about it recently. In the latest situation, an adult male contacts a homeowner at their front door claiming to have extra asphalt from another job just completed in the area. Typically, some sort of product is applied to the drive way for the homeowner under the impression it is a new asphalt drive way. The job and the product are subpar materials and workmanship.

Icon 11/21/2011 - Phone Scams in Our Area

Scam -- A local woman received a cold call from a man claiming to be with a law firm. The caller explained a family member of the woman had received a cash advance and a federal lawsuit was pending for repayment of that cash advance. Scam -- A local resident received an automated phone message on their cell phone, and the message claimed to be from a reputable cell phone carrier although not the carrier of this recipient. The automated messaged ask for bank or credit card information.

Icon 09/21/2011 - Various Frauds Circling

What is an employment verification scam?, What is a re-shipping fraud? What is a Pay-Pal overpayment scam? What is the Overseas Business Partner scam?

Icon 08/09/2011 - Suspicious Door-to-Door Sales

You should be aware that deputies are receiving calls about door-to-door magazine salesmen in our county. This is a routine type of front door sales pitch, but the actions of the current group in our area are leading to this public warning.

Icon 06/22/2010 -- Contractor Fraud

What is a Contractor Scam? The most recent version of this old scam, is a subject contacts a ‘victim’ at their residence. The subject offers to re-pave their driveway for a small fee. The subject claims that he/she is doing a paving project nearby and will have an extra amount of concrete/asphalt. Thus, selling it to the victim for a “deal.”

Icon 04/16/2010 -- Various Frauds Circulating the Globe

All information is provided by: www.bobbear.co.uk. What is a money laundering fraud? Fraudsters send unsolicited emails or place job offers on legitimate Internet recruitment sites or forums looking to recruit'Money Transfer Agents' with bank or Paypal accounts. These bogus companies offer part-time employment as an agent receiving payments in the form of fake checks or stolen money transfers, sometimes for goods which the company claims to be supplying, and then passing the payment on to the company via a money transfer company such as Moneygram and/or Western Union less an 'agent's percentage', (usually in the range 5-10%).

Icon 02/25/2010 -- Classified Advertisement Scam

Sheriff’s Office Investigators are asking the public to be aware of a classified ad scam that is circulating the Grand Valley. The ad states a 2007 Bobcat T300 track loader for sale at an asking price of $4500, a price well below market value.

Icon 09/30/2009 -- Overpayment Scam

What is an Overpayment Scam?--An overpayment scam can look many ways, but most recently it has hit Mesa County and looks like...someone legitimately places a personal ad in a local newspaper and gets a call from a prospective buyer. That buyer claims to be unavailable for whatever reason. The buyer makes plans to send a friend or agent to pick up the item that is listed for sale, but prior to the pick-up a money order is shipped for payment.

Icon 09/30/2009 -- Contractor Scam

What is a Contractor Scam?--The most recent version of this old scam, is a subject contacts a ‘victim’ at their residence. The subject offers to re-pave their driveway for a small fee. The subject claims that he/she is doing a paving project nearby and will have an extra amount of concrete. Thus, selling it to the victim for a “deal.”


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