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New Phone Scam “Plenty of Fish”
The Cochise County Sheriff’s Office has received a call in reference to a possible telephone scam. The caller advised that someone called identifying themselves as “Chief Smith from the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office.” After relaying the information, the caller was advised that the call was a scam and the details are as follows:
1. 1. Victim is picked from a dating website and contacted by an interested female.
2. 2. Female pretends to be interested and sends explicit photos of herself, soliciting similar photos from the guy, but only after convincing him to give her his phone number.
3. 3. After the guy gives out his number and receives the photos, he gets a call from an intimidating male who identifies himself as a law enforcement officer from the same region or area as the victim. The officer (or Chief in this case) tells the victim that he has been chatting with an underage girl, and is now in possession of inappropriate images of a minor. The officer then tells the victim to wait for a call back from the agency, and if he doesn’t answer when they call back, someone will come to his home to arrest him.
4. 4. Shortly after the call from the fake cops, an alleged parent of the minor will call the victim and tell them they found his information in their child’s phone and act like a concerned parent.
5. 5. After receiving the call from the “parent”, the victim will get another call from the fake cops, encouraging them to handle this situation “civilly” with the parent of the minor by way of monetary compensation in lieu of criminal charges. The victim is told that the police have the minor’s phone now, and are doing a forensic examination, and if they discover the victim has communicated with the minor criminal charges will follow. Unless, of course, the victim handles the matter with the parents and the parents don’t press charges.
Thankfully the victim in the call we got became suspicious after #4 above and contacted CCSO. A quick search of the internet for “plenty of fish scam deput