LHCPD Warns of Scam

Posted on Tuesday, September 26th, 2017 at 9:37 AM

The Lake Havasu City Police Department would like to make the public aware of a recent scam involving someone claiming to be an IRS employee and a false 911 call to police. A Lake Havasu City resident received a call from someone alleging to be from the IRS demanding a payment of money. The resident refused to pay, realized it was a scam, told the person to stop calling and hung up the phone.

Within a short period of time, the police department received a 911 call indicating a home invasion was taking place at the residence. The caller claimed to be the resident, advising police dispatch that multiple subjects had broken into her home. Officers arrived on scene and began trying to communicate with the resident, not knowing at that time the 911 call was false. Fortunately, in a relatively short amount of time, the officers were able to determine that a home invasion had not taken place.

During the investigation, it was discovered that the resident had recently received a call from someone claiming to be with the IRS. While officers were on scene, the scammer called back. Officers were able to recognize the heavily accented voice as the same voice that had called in the phony home invasion report to 911. The caller hung up on the officer.

These situations can be very dangerous for the homeowner as well as police. These types of incidents have also been referred to as “Swatting”. A caller makes a false report of some type of emergencies such as a home invasion, active shooter or hostage situation taking place at a particular address, hoping to draw a large police or even a SWAT team response. In this instance, it appears the IRS scammer may have been upset that the resident refused to send money and wanted to get back at the resident.

Initially, these calls cannot be differentiated from real incidents and must be handled appropriately. If the police suddenly show up outside of your house for an unknown reason, comply with police orders to help diffuse the situation. The confusion can be cleared up quickly once everything calms down.

The police department encourages the community to report these types of fraudulent calls and be aware that scammers are constantly devising new schemes in an attempt to get money. Be careful with providing your address, phone number or any other personal information to anyone that calls you unsolicited. The IRS will never contact you by phone to ask for personal information.

Additional consumer tips of things you can do to avoid becoming a victim can be found at www.consumer.ftc.gov/scam-alerts.

Anyone that has been a victim of this scam or any other can contact the Lake Havasu City Police Department at (928) 855-1171.



54 comments on “LHCPD Warns of Scam”

  1. Tosha Leigh Reply

    I got 3 calls last week, in the same day, from a 515 area code with a strong accent saying they were from the IRS and there’s an arrest warrant since I didn’t pay them and I need to pay now. I just ignored because I know I don’t owe the IRS any money. I will report if it happens again.

    • Barbie Munguia Reply

      Omg!! You definitely need to let Grammies and papa know.. how the heck are they still getting thru to you after blocking them.. they are persistent lil buttheads😡.. it’s sad because some ppl will fall for it and will be out money.. 😞 and that is very upsetting..

  2. Kim Mccallen Reply

    I got a call and called them back and i told them i was from the fbi they called me back again and i answered lake havasu pd they quit calling lol

  3. Jo Lynne Gardner Reply

    If I don’t know the number calling, I answer with our business name! They hang up immediately. If you don’t have a business name, use your name in a FAKE business, but answer it professionally. If it’s someone you do know, they’ll ask for you!!

  4. Corey Lynn Nash Reply

    Lol, the last time they called me I was frantic, told them I need help disposing the body I finally killed him, acted like it was my friend calling me.. they never called back

  5. Jodi Ann Jewett Russell Reply

    I love talking to them for as long as I can without giving personal information. That means someone else, maybe an elderly who doesn’t know isn’t being scammed. So if you have a few extra minutes to spare save someone else the call.

  6. Kelly Ruiz Reply

    very simple don’t answer the phone unless you know who it is, everyone should have caller I.D. by now and an answering machine!

  7. Matthew Lentz Reply

    I get these calls weekly. Rag heads acting like IRS using broken English and threatened to “call local cops”. I reported the numbers to the IRS. Never heard anything back. Ridiculous scam

  8. Bill Moore Reply

    This was at our house and was harassing my mother in law. Was a trip when LHPD showed up in force. It was a 202 number out of DC

  9. Kathy Prier Reply

    These are relatively common in the Phoenix area and nationwide. The 911 part isn’t. Contact azag.gov and file complaint. phishing. It’s a universal gig.

  10. Tammy Baldwin Hart Reply

    I had multiple calls for 2 days. I called knowing it was a scam and they answered with a heavy accent saying they were an officer with the IRS and wanted my name and address. I asked for their badge number and they hung up on me. This happened twice. I pray no one buys into this scam.

  11. Scott facciuto Reply

    I think a lot of AZ residents experienced a similar call in the past two days. I know half a dozen of my friends and even family members received a call from this creep. I can only guess what type of accent he had. HahA

  12. Carolyn Harlan Reply

    A few months ago had three in one week – all from different area codes. I googled the numbers and the same numbers had been pulling scam all over the country.

  13. Felyce Setser Reply

    I was left a message on my voicemail saying that I had a federal warrant from the irs and an agent is waiting for me to call them back I was very scared I was home alone in Havasu heights with no transportation and didn’t know if Federal agents were going to show up or what

  

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