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Fraud Alert

posted Feb 10, 2014, 6:12 PM by MaQuade Chesley   [ updated Mar 31, 2014, 8:27 AM by Tyson Kennedy ]

Mesquite, NV – The Mesquite Police Department (MPD) is reminding citizens of potential scams and schemes, where money is requested over the phone to avoid penalties and or jail. There are many different hypothetical stories, situations, or reasons the fraudulent callers provide to a potential unknowing victim. Many times, we have discovered the fraudulent calls are similar in nature. The caller requests money to be wired in order to resolve a fictitious issue or situation created by the fraudulent caller. The caller then makes the entire situation sound as if it is an emergency, all in attempt to force the worried victim to act immediately.

It has been reported that these fraudulent callers represent themselves as local, state, and/or federal law enforcement or other government officials. Some of the examples of the titles used can include, but are not limited to the following: IRS, FBI, CIA, Police, Court Officials, and/or any official title, which may make the caller appear more believable and trustworthy. MPD would like to remind citizens that legitimate agencies and government officials do not operate or carry out business in this manner.

Citizens should never provide personal information to callers, authorize funds to be withdrawn, or give account numbers over the phone. Anytime a call or email is received where the person asks you to wire money, it is more than likely a scam. MPD strongly believes in educating our citizens to make them more aware of these potential scams, schemes, and fraud tactics used by the callers. Our hope is all will relay this pertinent information to their family and friends, thereby lessening the potential for victimization for everyone. We would encourage our citizens to monitor their bank account activity and check their credit history report regularly.