KINGMAN – The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office is warning the public of three scams going around.
According to sheriff’s spokeswoman Trish Carter, the first scam involves residents getting a phone call from the IRS with a live person or pre-recorded message saying they are being audited and to return their phone call or otherwise they would be arrested.
In most cases, the caller informed the recipient that they owe back taxes and must pay immediately otherwise a warrant will be issued for their arrest and deputies will be sent to their home.
Carter said the IRS and the Sheriff’s office do not conduct business in this manner.
The second scam, reported by a Kingman resident, said an employee from Publishing Clearing House identifying himself as a man named Shane Fisher contacted her by phone to congratulate her prize of $5.5 million along with a 2017 silver Mercedes Benz. Fisher insisted that the woman’s husband not know about her winnings until the day they arrive to see the surprise on his face. Fisher transferred the woman to another person to process her winnings.
Both callers reportedly spoke with a slight accent.
The second caller instructed the woman to send $499 prize processing fee via Western Union. The woman told the caller she was not going to send any money. The caller persisted until the woman told the caller her husband was a retired federal agent and they were going to report the incident to the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office. The scammer, calling from a Jamaica number, 876-402-0946, hung up immediately.
The third scam, reported by a Golden Valley resident, involved the caller saying the woman was going to receive $9,200 from a federal grant was going to provide a grant identification number.
The woman was happy until realizing it was a scam.
The caller spoke with a foreign accident and the call came from phone number 877-696-6777. The woman was told to go Walmart and call their senior officer at 202-780-6714 when she arrived. The woman ended up hanging up on the caller and did not return any calls.
These incidents are believed to be attempted scams and the Sheriff’s office would like to caution residents. MCSO recommends hanging up on scammers and to always be cautious when it comes to sending money and providing personal information, including credit card numbers.
If you suspect fraud, contact MCSO at 928-753-0753 or Kingman Police Department at 928-753-2191.