APD: Beware of real estate scam
The Aspen Police Department issued word last week that it has observed a recent trend of fraudulent reports primarily targeting local real estate companies throughout the Roaring Fork Valley.
Residents are reporting threatening phone calls from a Lt. Mike Tracey with Pitkin County. The scammer states that Tracey currently has an active warrant for their arrest. The scammer advises that to avoid imprisonment the citizen must immediately pay a large fine.
“This is a scam!” the APD warned. “Do not share personal information or provide the scammer with money!”
The Aspen Police Department recommends these precautions for people to avoid a scam:
• Register your phone number with the National Do Not Call Registry. You may register online or by calling 1-888-382-1222 (TTY: 1-866-290-4236). If you still receive telemarketing calls after registering, there’s a good chance that the calls are scams.