Beware of phone scam asking for money for fallen officers

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DENVER — As a result of the recent tragedies surrounding the law enforcement community, there is a scam going around asking for money.

“I couldn’t believe it, I honestly couldn’t believe it,” said Sarah Watson, who answered a scam call.

She said she got a call Wednesday afternoon that she thought was like any other.

“The guy on the phone just said I’m calling to take donations for fallen officers, equipment for the officers,” Watson said.

The out-of-state caller couldn’t answer any questions about where the money would go or what organization he was with, and when she started to get skeptical, Watson said he became pushy.

“Just trying to run his guilt trip about, if I don’t donate it’s going to be bad,” Watson said.

Watson didn’t fall for what turned out to be all the red flags of a scam.

“We see it very often with tragedies,” Krista Ferndelli with the Better Business Bureau said.

She said these kinds of scams are common.

“Press for things like the exact name of the organization, how and where the funds will be distributed, do some research on your own, like going directly to the website and making sure that the efforts are valid,” Ferndelli said.

If anyone uses high-pressure tactics to try to get information, Ferndelli said that’s a sign it’s a scam.

Most said the calls were from out-of-state numbers, but one reported an in-state number.

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