The Sierra Vista Police Department has received reports of scammers calling local residents threatening arrest for a delinquent debt. While some collection agencies operate within the law, debt collection scams are on the rise. In Arizona, no arrest warrant will be issued for private debt. Those threatened with arrest are being scammed. Do not provide personal information or payment.
Scammers will call, notifying people that their company has taken over the person’s debt. These scam artists will then demand payment or threaten that an arrest warrant will be issued if payment is not made immediately.
Avoid being scammed. Don’t send a check, cash or money order, wire money, or give out account information to anyone insisting on immediate payment if you did not contact them.
Instead, get the company name, address and phone number of the collection agency then check with the Better Business Bureau, www.bbb.org to verify the business is legitimate.
Contact the business that claims you owe them money and verify there is a debt. Always ask for written verification of the debt.
For more information, contact the Sierra Vista Police Department, 452.7500. ext. 788.