Over the past few days, YCSO has received numerous complaints from persons reporting they had been called by a man claiming he was with the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office and demanding payment on a warrant for failure to appear for jury duty. Fortunately, most of the victims were aware of media reports regarding the scam and simply hung up on the suspects. But yesterday, January 9, 2017, a Prescott resident lost $785 in the scam. Note – the phone number reported is common to all our recent calls – 928-215-68XX – (detectives are working to track the number’s origin).
The Prescott victim told deputies that she received a call on her cell phone from a “Frank Davenport” around 10:30 that morning who claimed he was with the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office. The victim was travelling south on I17 at the time. The suspect told her there was a failure to appear and a contempt of court warrant out for her arrest because she did not show up for federal jury duty. The suspect transferred her to a “Mr. Rhodes” and he stayed on the phone with her until she reached a bank in Sun City, AZ. As directed by the suspect, she withdrew $785 from her account then purchased 2 Pay Pal prepaid credit cards at a local convenience store. After sharing the account numbers with the suspect, he told her to take the cards with the receipt, a phone bill with her address on it, and her odometer reading to YCSO on Tuesday by 1030 to have the warrant cleared up. By the time she realized she had been scammed, the money was removed from both credit cards.
NEITHER THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE OR ANY COURT OFFICER WILL EVER DEMAND PAYMENT ON A WARRANT BY PHONE WHILE DEMANDING THE USE OF PRE PAID DEBIT CARDS. Always verify such demands by calling back on a published number for the agency involved.