On Tuesday, November 3, 2020, an 80-year-old man came to the Prescott Valley Police Department and reported that on November 2nd, he had received a phone call that his grandson had been arrested and $9,000 in cash was needed for his release. The caller identified himself as the grandson’s attorney. The victim withdrew $9,000 in cash from his bank account and sent it via UPS to an address in Virginia as instructed. After sending the cash, the victim telephoned his grandson and discovered this was a scam. The victim immediately contacted UPS to put a stop on delivery of the cash as addressed.
Upon contacting the police department, detectives were immediately able to work with UPS Security to confirm that the delivery had been cancelled and that the package was being returned to the sender. To confirm that all this would take place, the package was returned in the care of Prescott Valley Police Department to be returned to the victim.
This incident serves as a reminder to Prescott Valley citizens that any unsolicited phone calls requesting money or gift cards is more than likely a scam and should be ignored. Any suspected scams may be reported to the Federal Trade Commission at ftc.gov/complaint
or 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357). Your reports help FTC and other law enforcement investigate scams and bring crooks to justice.
Prescott Valley Police Department can be contacted at (928) 772-9267 for non-emergencies, 911 for emergencies. Yavapai County Silent witness is 1-800-932-3232.