San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department

Press Release

DATE/TIME: March 3, 2016 10:10 A.M.

INCIDENT:Attempted Theft by Fraud

LOCATION:Yucca Valley Wal-Mart

SUSPECT(S): Unknown

VICTIM(S): Confidential

Summary

On Thursday, March 3, 2016, the victim was contacted, by telephone, by an unknown suspect, who identified himself as an immigration officer. The victim was told she would be deported if she did not send $1800 to the agency, by Moneygram.The suspect sent a local cab company to transport her to Wal-Mart, to complete the transaction. During the phone calls, the suspect was able to “spoof” (alter) his caller identification, to appear as if the calls were coming from another legitimate phone number.

 

A friend of the victim contacted law enforcement. Deputies worked with Wal-Mart staff, and were able to reverse the charges from Moneygram.

 

As a reminder, law enforcement and government officials do not ask for money over the phone or via Moneygram /Western Union. If you receive any calls and are unsure of the caller’s identity do not give them any personal information.

 

If you, or someone you know feel you have been a victim of fraud, please contact the Sheriff’s Department.

 

Refer:Deputy W. Greer

Station: Morongo Basin Station

Case #: 231600384

Phone No. (760) 366-4175

John McMahon, Sheriff-Coroner

San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department

Sheriff’s Public Affairs Division

655 E. Third Street

San Bernardino, California 92415-0061

Telephone: (909) 387-3700