Scam phone call goes to wrong po­ten­tial tar­get

Albuquerque Journal - - METRO & NM -

LAS CRUCES — Well, that’s one way to get rid of a scam call.

A scam artist iden­ti­fy­ing him­self as a po­lice of­fi­cer reached a Las Cruces Po­lice Depart­ment sergeant on Wed­nes­day. When the sergeant asked the caller for his iden­tity or call sign, the caller was un­able to pro­vide ver­i­fi­able in­for­ma­tion. The call ended when the sergeant men­tioned that he is an ac­tual, sworn po­lice of­fi­cer.

Later the same day, Las Cruces po­lice is­sued a news re­lease warn­ing res­i­dents of the scam tele­phone calls.

Po­lice say the call­ers are try­ing to en­tice re­cip­i­ents to re­spond to the scene of a crash, or pro­vide per­sonal or fi­nan­cial in­for­ma­tion.

The sergeant who re­ceived the call re­ported the first call from a woman who ap­peared to be dis­traught and cry­ing. The caller in­di­cated she was just in­volved in a mo­tor ve­hi­cle crash. The caller then hung up.

The sergeant then re­ceived a sec­ond tele­phone call from the same num­ber. This time, a man in­di­cated he was a po­lice of­fi­cer who was in­ves­ti­gat­ing a crash with a dis­traught woman. The man asked the sergeant to re­spond to the scene of the crash, but when ques­tioned fur­ther hung up.

The caller ID in­di­cated the phone num­ber orig­i­nated from an Alam­ogordo tele­phone.

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