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Phone scams hit Cochise County

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The Cochise County Sheriff’s Office has been informed of numerous scams within the county.

Multiple victims have reported that the suspect is calling and claiming to work for Sulpher Springs Valley Electric Cooperative, and advises the victims that their power will be disconnected for non-payment.

They inform the victims that workers are on their way to their location, but in order to avoid loss of service, they need to pay their balance in full, usually by calling another number. They are told that debit/credit cards aren’t accepted and they must buy a Money Pak card and then call back.

Sulpher Springs Valley Electric Cooperative tells customers to call them before purchasing a money card - 520-458-4691 during office hours and 800-422-3275 after hours.

Fake police scam

Another scam involves fake police officers or sheriff’s deputies saying there's a warrant for the victims’ arrest. The caller uses real names of law enforcement officers and agencies, and they have spoofed the telephone number of the real law enforcement agency.

If the victim is hesitant to pay, the suspect insists that they will be immediately arrested.   

You are urged to call the Sheriff’s Office or your local law enforcement agency if you believe you are being targeted by fake officers.

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