Arizonians have found themselves at the center of a horrific scam.
Con artists pretending to be the Arizona Supreme Court are circulating a phone scam to rob Arizonians out of their hard-earned cash.
Phone scams have been around for years, but they have gotten significantly more intricate in recent years.
The easy access to burner phones and programming have enabled con artists to create high-tech scams wherein they can represent anyone they want.
In this case, they are using technology to have the caller ID appear as the Arizona Supreme Court.
When someone answers the call, they are under the impression that the court is contacting them. Then, they are told they owe a fine of some sort and that payment must be made immediately.
In far too many cases, these individuals are willing to provide payment information without further investigation. The thieves then drain their bank account or run up their credit card.
Dealing with Scam Artists
In this day of robocalls, it is far more likely that anyone asking for payment via the phone is attempting to run a scam. If you get a call like this one and think that is the case, ask for the case file number, the agent’s name, the name of the court, and a return phone number.
All of this information can be easily checked online to see if the call is, in fact, legitimate.
Indeed, fines owed are public record, so any hesitation on the part of the caller is a huge red flag.
The same can be said of anyone representing a lower rate on credit cards and, sadly, even charitable donations.
Unfortunately, some of these problems are the fault of the charities themselves, who often sell lists of donors. Your information is then out there for all to see — including the scammers.
Scammers use these lists to imitate charities you have previously donated to when they run their scams.
The point is: it’s a bad idea to provide information to just anyone soliciting personal information over the phone. Best to steer clear unless you’ve confirmed that the call is legit.