The Oro Valley Police Department would like to inform the public about a telephone scam involving the impersonation of a police officer.
OVPD's Criminal Investigations Unit is investigating a case where an individual called the victim claiming to be a detective with the Oro Valley Police Department. The suspect told the victim she was the recipient of a large sum of money as a result of an insurance settlement with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and she needed to send money to ensure the delivery of her claim. The phone number the suspect called from indicated it was from the Oro Valley Police Department; however, no such calls were made.
Recently, the Pima County Sheriff's Department received multiple reports of a similar nature with the suspects claiming to be a Tucson Police Officer. (To view the Pima County Sheriff's Department media release, go to: http://pimasheriff.piopost.com/view/police-imposter-scam?s=NTQxt.) Scams of this nature are a common occurrence, and citizens are encouraged to be cautious when speaking with subjects offering them money, goods or services they did not legitimately order when cash payment is requested prior to receipt. If something seems "too good to be true," then it probably is, and it may be indicative of a scam.
In cases where contact is made over the telephone or electronic media, the Oro Valley Police Department encourages citizens to contact the identified police department in order to confirm the identity of the subject claiming to be a police officer, detective or deputy. According to Police Department policy, all personnel are required to immediately give their name and badge number upon request. Citizens can call OVPD's non-emergency line at 520-229-4900 to check whether the name and badge number provided are those of an actual Oro Valley Police Officer, or to report any suspicious telephone calls they believe to be attempted scams.
Anyone with information on this investigation is asked to call 9-1-1 or 88-CRIME.