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Woman sniffs out scam

A woman called the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office July 25 about a possible fraud attempt.

She had been receiving several phone calls that week from a male with a foreign accent who claimed to be collecting on an unpaid debt. The man said she had defaulted on a Cash Advance payment, and that she was being sued. The caller said if she did not pay the $450 she owes, she could be arrested and jailed. She had never taken a cash advance loan from Cash Advance or any other companies of that nature. The man told her that he was calling from India.

She believed it was a scam and she refused to send money. A Google search of two phone numbers, including one on her caller ID, revealed there was no associated business name and there were several complaints that the numbers were associated with a similar scam.

Hot-tubbers get citations

At around 2:30 a.m. July 30, Parker police officers were on routine patrol near the Stone Canyon apartments on Cottonwood Drive when they observed two people in the hot tub belonging to the apartment complex.

The 27-year-old man and 20-year-old woman admitted that they were not residents of the complex, nor were they with any resident that had permission to be in the hot tub after business hours. They were cited for trespassing.

Possible burglar scared off

At approximately 2 a.m. Aug. 2, Parker police officers responded to the 19700 block of Applewood Court on a report of a burglary.

The reporting party said an unknown male suspect had entered their residence and had been scared off when he was seen by the homeowner. The suspect was described only as a “skinny white male.” There are no suspects at this time.

Necklace goes missing

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office responded to Lincoln Meadows Senior Living around 11 a.m. Aug. 9 on a report of a possible theft.

On Aug. 3, a woman said she was packing for a trip to Reno when she noticed that her necklace was missing. The necklace was silver and had a half-carat diamond with 11 smaller diamonds. She last saw the necklace in June or July of this year.

The necklace had been in a black velvet box, which was in a white cardboard box that was in a dresser drawer in her bedroom. On July 31, her regular cleaning woman called in sick and had another woman clean the apartment. The victim was home the entire time the woman was in the apartment. However, there was no evidence the woman took the necklace and the case was deactivated due to a lack of suspects.

Credit card info stolen

After 3 p.m. Aug. 17, a Douglas County sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to Holden Circle in Franktown for a reported suspicious circumstance.

The caller received a phone call a day earlier from a male who identified himself as Brent from Microsoft. He told her that her computer was badly infected with spyware and viruses and it required immediate attention. She went to her computer and noticed that someone else had control of the computer, as they were moving her cursor.

He showed her where her computer contained thousands of viruses, but did not have permission to have control of her computer. The caller then logged into two websites, which the DCSO did not disclose. The person “told her that her Microsoft warranty had actually expired two days ago,” according to an incident report. He offered to take care of the viruses and give her some additional protection for $200 for a three-year plan or $300 for lifetime protection of the computer.

The woman then gave him her credit card information over the phone. Moments later, he said the card was declined and asked her for another credit card number. She said she did not have another card. He then asked her to send the money via Western Union. He said if she does not sign up for more services her computer will be “trashed.” She disconnected and “never heard about how to receive her new protection plan,” the report said.

Her credit card company called the next day and discussed questionable purchases in Missouri totaling $881. She denied making any transactions and Visa stopped the purchase and canceled her credit card. The report was forwarded to investigations.

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