Colorado consumers should be wary of phone calls soliciting personal information.
Attorney General John Suthers said the phone calls come from (303) 578-5558, and the caller identifies himself as a law enforcement officer. The calls are suspected to be attempts to gain personal identification for identity theft.
“Consumers should always be wary of any call they receive where the caller claims to be from local law enforcement and demands their personal information,” Suthers said. “Coloradans should be doubly concerned when a caller requests or demands their personal identifying information. As a general rule, you should never give out your personal identifying or personal financial information on a call that you did not initiate.”
Investigators have determined that the callers probably are based overseas, and are hiding behind the Colorado area code.
The Office of the Attorney General received word of this scam from the Weld County Sheriff’s Office. The Sheriff’s Office reported that it is unaware of any consumer actually falling victim to the scam. Consumers who believe they have received such a call should report it to their local police department or sheriff’s office.
To learn more about how to prevent identity theft or what to do if your identity had been stole, visitwww.coloradoattorneygeneral.gov/idtheft.