PD: Phone scam targeting elderly in Tempe

TEMPE, AZ - Tempe police are warning residents about a fraud scheme that appears to be targeting the elderly.

Police say as of Friday afternoon they’d had reports of six incidents in which unknown suspect(s) called residents saying they were from the Tempe Police Department and telling the victims they have an active warrant for their arrest or that they missed jury duty.

Suspects then tell the victim that payment must be made immediately or officers would be sent to arrest them.

The suspect(s) then told the victims to obtain store bought pre-paid credit cards and call them back to give the credit card information to pay the fine over the phone.

Police say it also appears the suspect(s) have some personal information belonging to the victims before they call, often calling the victims by name and providing other basic information during the calls to make it seem more “official.”

The Tempe Police Department wants residents to know that police agencies don’t work that way and will not collect payment over the telephone.

In addition, police say various scare tactics are being used and family members and guardians should keep a close watch for unexplained bank account withdrawals of potential victims.

If a resident or family member should receive such a call, police say they should call the Tempe Police Department at 480-350-8311 or their local law enforcement agency.

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