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Sheriff Issues Scam Alert Targeting Realtors in Colorado Spring & Custer County, CO

Breaking news! Real estate agents take note. A scam targeting realtors in Colorado Springs and Custer County, CO has caught the attention of police.

According to reports, scammers have targeted realtors in Custer County and Colorado Springs, Colorado, by impersonating law enforcement officers and demanding payment for non-existent summonses. Such incidents underscore the need for real estate professionals and their clients to stay informed and cautious.

Understanding the Scam

In this particular scam, fraudsters contacted realtors claiming to be "Sgt. Ryan Custer" from the CCSO. They alleged that the realtors had unpaid summonses from December and demanded payment in cash.

What made the scam seem credible was the caller's knowledge of the realtor's address and the details of the Custer County Court. However, the CCSO has clarified that it would never solicit money over the phone and has urged anyone receiving such calls to report them to local law enforcement and the Federal Trade Commission.

Tips for Realtors and Clients

  1. Verify Caller Identity: Always verify the identity of anyone claiming to be from a law enforcement or governmental agency. Real agencies will not mind you taking precautions.

  2. Never Share Personal Information: If a caller requests personal or financial information, it's a red flag. Hang up and contact the agency they claim to represent through official channels.

  3. Educate Yourself and Your Clients: Knowledge is your best defense against scams. Realtors should educate themselves and their clients about common fraud tactics and how to avoid them.

  4. Use Secure Payment Methods: Always use secure, traceable payment methods for transactions. Avoid dealing in cash, especially with unknown parties.

  5. Report Suspicious Activity: If you encounter a potential scam, report it to the authorities and any relevant professional bodies. Sharing your experience can help protect others.

The scam alert from Custer County serves as a timely reminder of the ongoing risks in the real estate market. By staying informed, verifying information, and adopting secure practices, realtors and their clients can better protect themselves from becoming scam victims. Always remember, when in doubt, it's better to err on the side of caution and seek verification from trusted sources.


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