Phone scam warning from Collier Sheriff

CREATED Feb. 3, 2014

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NAPLES, Fla. - Yet another phone scam involving law enforcement has popped up in Southwest Florida.

Collier County detectives say their fraud hotline is receiving reports of a phone scam in which the caller claims to be a law enforcement officer and demands money from the victim.

The caller threatens the victim, saying that if payment is not made a warrant will be issued for the victim’s arrest.

Sometimes the scammer manipulates the caller ID to make it appear that the call is coming from a local law enforcement agency.

Click here to listen to the voicemail one scammer left for a potential victim.

CCSO says no law enforcement agency would ask for money to avoid being arrested. If you owe a collection company, call them and verify that a representative called to collect money.

For assistance with any suspicious encounter involving a request for money or personal information, contact the Collier County Sheriff’s Office’s Call Before You “Pay” hotline – (239) 252-CALL (2255). The hotline is staffed by a CCSO deputy in the Financial Crimes Bureau between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.