Las Vegas Metro police are warning about scammers who have posed as officers and used Metro images in phony documents.
According to police, a victim was contacted by phone and told he or she had won cash and a luxury vehicle in a lottery. A scammer said a small sum of money was needed to “keep the prize delivery going.”
The victim forwarded the funds via a Green Dot money card.
The scammers kept requesting money. Ten days later, the victim was told the vehicle and cash would be delivered by a Mr. John Green.
A short time later, the victim received a call from two people posing as Metro officers. The callers said Mr. Green had been stopped at a traffic checkpoint and the vehicle, along with all of its contents, had been seized and placed in a storage yard.
The callers said the vehicle was seized because Mr. Green did not have needed permits and that the vehicle and its contents would be released if the victim forwarded a permit fee.
When the victim asked for written verification, the scammers sent a phony letter with Metro images on it, including a picture of Sheriff Doug Gillespie and a pair of handcuffs. They also said the victim would be assessed a $100 letter fee.
Metro said it will never solicit payment of funds in person, by phone or any other means. Anyone who receives such as request should report it to police immediately.
You should also be wary of communications claiming windfall profit or unexpected income. They may come via telephone, letter, email or personal visit.