FBI Denver
Public Affairs Specialist Vikki Migoya
December 20, 2021

FBI Denver Warns Colorado and Wyoming Residents of Nationwide Phone Scam Where Caller Impersonates Law Enforcement

More Than 300 Women Have Fallen Victim to this Scam in Northern Colorado’s Larimer County, and Roughly 104 Women in Denver

DENVER, CO —The FBI Denver Division is warning Colorado and Wyoming residents about a phone scam where people are posing as local law enforcement officials and call potential victims regarding outstanding warrants or fines asking them for payment to clear the victim’s name.

“The FBI warns citizens that if they receive a phone call from someone claiming to be law enforcement asking for money or gift cards, to hang up and report it to their local law enforcement authorities and the FBI,” said FBI Denver Division Special Agent in Charge Michael Schneider.

Between 2016 to 2021, more than 300 women in Larimer County, Colorado, have been scammed, along with more than 100 women between 2017 to 2021 in Denver. The scammers use spoofed law enforcement phone numbers, along with the names, positions, and addresses of real, local officers. The scam is largely targeting women with lucrative careers who have an online presence.

The following is a list of suspicious activity to look out for related to this scam.

  • Calls from local law enforcement stating an individual has fines for outstanding warrants.
  • Calls from local law enforcement stating the court is holding the individual in contempt for failure to appear for jury duty.
  • Calls from local law enforcement stating an individual has been placed under a “gag order” and is not allowed to speak with anyone else regarding the matter.
  • Calls from local law enforcement demanding you remain on the line until the “bond” is paid.
  • Requests for monetary gift cards (MoneyPak/green dot etc.) bank deposits, and voucher purchases to clear court fines or avoid jail time.
  • Requests for videos or pictures of individuals conducting a personal strip search of themselves to clear court fines or avoid jail time.
  • Callers have been described as having a Southern accent.

Please remember, law enforcement will never call you if you have an arrest warrant for missing jury duty, nor will they ask you to send money to clear a warrant. Lastly, they will never ask you to send pictures or videos of yourself for any reason.

If you believe you have been a victim of this scam or other fraud activity, please contact FBI Denver at 303-629-7171 and file a complaint with the FBI at www.IC3.gov.