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Surprise Police Department Police Department
14250 W. Statler Plaza
Surprise, Arizona 85374
Office 623.222.4000
Fax 623.222.4008
www.surpriseaz.gov/police
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For Immediate Release
CONTACT: Office: 623.222.4000                  

Surprise Police warn of telephone scam

Surprise, AZ (July 21, 2014) The Surprise Police Department is investigating several incidents involving a subject calling residents claiming to be a police officer with the City of Surprise.  The subject advises the resident that they have an arrest warrant that will be activated unless they pay the fine immediately.  The resident is directed to obtain a money order or pre-paid credit card at a local store, and then call back to provide the necessary information for the subject to access the money.  The subject tells the resident that they have 30 minutes to provide the information to access the money or the warrant will be activated.

Investigators have determined that this is a fraudulent attempt to obtain the resident’s money.  The Surprise Police Department would like to clarify that no police officer would make such a request of its residents and recommends that residents do not provide confidential information over the phone.

Any resident receiving a suspicious call of this nature is requested to immediately contact the Surprise Police Department at 623-222-4000.