Scammer Impersonating a Tigard Officer
(August 28, 2019)
Over the last couple of days, Tigard Police have received several reports of a scammer(s) calling residents and businesses claiming to be a Tigard Police Officer. In a couple of these reported calls, the person identified himself as “Deputy Kyle Parker” and, in one case, attempted to obtain personal information from the call recipient. Fortunately, the recipient did not share any information.
In at least one case, the scammer provided a phone number for call back with a voicemail stating that he is a Tigard Police Officer and that people should call 9-1-1 for emergencies.
In many of these schemes involving law enforcement, fraudsters tells intended victims that they have outstanding citations or arrest warrants and must pay immediately to avoid being arrested. In some cases, scammers claim that victims missed jury duty and have warrants out for their arrest. Scammers goals are to pressure victims to act before they have time to think or do their research.
Some scam prevention tips to consider:
- Tigard Police will not demand payment from you for citations or warrants.
- Be wary of anyone calling you and asking for your personal information.
- If you are contacted unsolicited by someone identifying themselves to be a Tigard officer, you can call the non-emergency number at 503-629-0111 to verify.
- Be aware that you can’t always trust caller ID. Scammers often use caller ID spoofing, which allows them to falsify the number shown on caller ID.
- Many scammers are currently demanding payment by gift card or prepaid credit card. Be wary if that is the requested payment method.
- If a caller claims that you owe money and you are concerned that you do, hang up and contact the company directly to check it out.
- If you have been a victim of a scam in Tigard, please report the crime to the police non-emergency number at 503-629-0111.
- For information on the Oregon Attorney General's Office consumer hotline, please visit: https://www.doj.state.or.us/consumer-protection/
Work-Cell Phone Scam
We recently received two reports about a work/cell phone scam and wanted to get the word out. The scammer posted a vague Craigslist job ad offering to pay between $500.00 - $1,500.00 dollars a day. The victim called the local phone number associated with the ad, and spoke to a male who self-identified as "Chris". Over the phone, Chris didn't reveal many details and insisted on meeting at the mall to discuss the job.
The scammer claimed to be a third party cell-phone dealer. He instructed the victim to go to all the major wireless cellphone carriers, open up new accounts, and buy as many high-end cell phones as possible. He would then pay the victim cash in exchange for the phones. The scammer stated that he knew of a loophole that allowed a third-party dealer to act as an agent and cancel cell phone contracts under a 14-day rule. In essence, the scammer represented that the victim would receive the cash for the phones and would not be liable for the cell phone contracts.
Unfortunately, Chris convinced one of the victims to enter into approximately $20,000 worth of cell phone contracts. The victim is on the hook for those contracts and was paid far less for each phone than the price of each contract.
Please beware of red flags of scams such as too-good-to-be-true offers and the use of pressure tactics to get you to act before having time to think or do research. These are common tactics used to defraud victims. Please spread the word!