Many of the scams being used on unsuspecting local residents have been used throughout the United States. However, from time to time we do get those that are unique to the area.
If you receive a call from ANYONE in which you did not initiate a call:DO NOT give out any personal, credit card or bank information to the caller.
If there is some question that this call could be from a company you have a relationship with, tell the caller you are hanging up the phone and contacting the company directly. Look up the phone number yourself and place a separate call to that place of business. Do not rely on the caller to provide the phone number to you.
Check caller ID if you have it. However, the scammers in some instances are able to make it appear as if they are calling from a legitimate number.
If your caller is stating to be from the IRS file a complaint. The IRS has made it clear that they will never initiate a payment discussion by telephoning a consumer without having written to them first. Call the IRS at 1-800-366-4484 or go to their website. You can also file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission by clicking on the “Consumer Complaint” box. For more information from the IRS about this specific scam visit their website.
Did you know? The first thing to do if you have been victim to any scam in which you have sent money via Western Union, MoneyGram, or Green Dot is IMMEDIATELY notify the company in which you sent the money. If the payment company is notified before the suspects have retrieved or withdrawn your money, the company may be able to either cancel the transaction or send a refund to you.
- Green Dot: Use the phone number on the back of your MoneyPak card or via their website at:
- MoneyGram: 1-800-926-9400
- Western Union: 1-800-448-1492
For help with this or any other consumer issue, call the Community Protection Division of the Boulder County District Attorney’s office at (303) 441-3700.
For additional information, please call Longmont Police Services at (303) 651-8555.