Weld Sheriff Warns about Likely Uptick in Scams with Stimulus Checks
With the third round of COVID-19 stimulus checks being distributed as early as this weekend, the Weld County Sheriff's Office is anticipating an uptick in scams associated with the matter.
Deputies explained they have already started to see an increase in scam calls this week, in which criminals are posing as officers with the Social Security Administration. The call begins with an automated message, informing the potential victim that their social security number is under suspension. The message proceeds by urging the person to contact the Social Security Administration, or else a warrant will be issued for their arrest. Then, the message prompts the victim to press 1 to speak with a live officer.
According to the WCSO, several Weld residents recognized the call as a scam, but pressed 1 anyways. They reported that the person on the other end of the line had a thick Indian accent.
After the victim presses 1, the scammer notifies the person that the suspension can be corrected with the payment of a fine, and then inquires about banking information. The scammer asks the potential victims to provide a credit card number or gives them the option to purchase gift cards.
Anyone with information regarding these types of crimes is asked to call the Weld County Sheriff’s Office at (970) 356-4015 or Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Tips can also be submitted through the Crime Stoppers website at www.crimeshurt.com.