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CCSO investigating attempted fraud from suspects posing as satellite company employees

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The Cochise County Sheriff’s Office is warning the community about fraudulent calls and scams involving suspects posing as Dish Network representatives.

On July 15, CCSO received a call from a resident regarding a phone call from a man identifying himself as a technician from Dish Network.

The suspect asked the resident about the Dish receiver and went on to tell the resident that they are paying too much for the service since the Dish is moving to a new satellite, according to CCSO.

Authorities said the suspect asked the resident for personal information, including the security code for the account and their address.

When the resident asked where the suspect was calling from, he replied New Jersey, according to CCSO.

The resident told authorities that the caller had a heavy accent and might have been Indian.

The resident said the caller introduced himself as Rahul Sharma and called from 832-819-3608.

The resident didn’t provide any information and later called Dish Network.

Dish Network’s fraud department told the resident that it does not call customers but would contact them through email or mail.

The resident told authorities that some of his neighbors have had people come to their home posing as Dish Network employees within the past few weeks.

CCSO said one neighbor called police, the other told the workers “no” and later realized their cable had been cut and the dish was gone.

CCSO said that this scam is also going around Sierra Vista.

If this happens to you, hang up the call, don’t provide any personal information and alert authorities right away.

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