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Phone scam targeting Vegas elderly community

Posted at 2:49 PM, Oct 24, 2019

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — North Las Vegas Police Department (NLVPD) has been advised of a phone scam that is targeting the elderly community in the city.

More than twenty citizens have contacted the police department staying they received a call from someone claiming to be a NLVPD detective and that the citizen had an active warrant.

The person on the phone stated the citizen needed to quickly pay money over the phone for the warrant or the NLVPD will be coming to their residence to take them to jail.

The NLVPD wants to reiterate and inform the public that this is not the Police Department, and below is what would happen if they did indeed call you:

  • They would identify themselves with their name and personnel/badge number.
  • Identify the reason for the call.
  • Police will never demand payment over the phone and the actual police will let you come down to the courthouse to pay.
  • You can take the time to verify by calling the Police Department and asking.

Here are a few other tips when you think you’re dealing with a phone scam:

  • No legitimate business will demand payment ONLY through prepaid or gift cards.
  • Never rush into payment, if they say a loved one is in custody and you need to pay now, guess what, they will still be in custody in a couple hours after you verify.
  • Remember, if it just doesn’t sound right, it probably isn’t.
  • If you have any information in this case, please call the North Las Vegas Police Department at (702) 633-9111, or to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at (702) 385-5555.