Colorado Springs, Colorado 2022-05-23 18:07:17 –
Colorado Springs — The Colorado Springs Police (CSPD) financial crime unit is looking for victims of fraud targeting mobile payment apps.
In February 2022, CSPD was the first to notice a mobile payment scam in Colorado Springs. In each case, the suspect asked the victim to borrow the phone and make a call, saying his phone had died and he was trying to contact a friend in the area. The suspect pretends to remember the number, opens the victim’s Venmo application, and transfers it several times, with the screen out of the victim’s view.
The remittance was made without permission without the victim’s knowledge. When the detective conducted this investigation, more than 12 additional victims appeared.
As the investigation continued, the detective was able to identify and obtain the suspect’s arrest warrant. The suspect is currently being detained at a criminal justice center in another city for committing a similar crime. CSPD will not publish the suspect’s name until additional potential victims have been given the opportunity to come forward and provide a clear identification of the suspect.
The CSPD requires additional victims who may have experienced this type of fraud to contact the CSPD in (719) 444-7000 and Reference Case # 22-05946.
“Our goal is to care for and serve our community,” said Detective Ray Wetzel of the CSPD Financial Crime Unit. “No one needs to experience this kind of crime. We want to hold the suspect accountable and do everything we can to provide support and justice to the victims.”
The CSPD Financial Crimes Unit provides the community with the following safety tips in case a similar situation occurs:
- Don’t lend your personal property to someone you don’t know
- Password protect as many mobile apps as possible / set up multi-factor authentication
- If you feel that someone is making a legitimate request to contact someone, call the speakerphone to protect yourself and offer to dial that number. Always have a phone and make sure that no one is holding or operating your phone at any time.
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