Jan 31, 2024: Gift Card and Bitcoin Scams still Plague Prescott Valley

Gift Card Bitcoin Scam news release graphicThe Prescott Valley Police Department (PVPD) takes reports monthly on various fraud calls involving gift cards and Bitcoin.  While these fraudulent schemes take on many forms, the common theme is the suspect is asking for payment in either gift cards or Bitcoin. Gift cards and Bitcoin are not a common form of payment with businesses. If someone asks you to pay with these methods, this should raise a concern about the legitimacy and intention of the person you are talking to. 

Local businesses are not immune either. The Prescott Valley Police Department has seen an increase in scams where the suspect calls the business, claiming to be someone from the corporate office, usually dropping the name of a regional manager. The suspect sets up a scenario, asking the victim to take all the money from the safe, convert it to gift cards or Bitcoin, and send the suspect the numbers to access it. The stories are very plausible, and the suspects are often successful. In many cases, the money is not recoverable. 

PVPD has many resources available free of charge to educate the public on the current scams, including crime education classes every few months at the police station, which are available to present to smaller groups of community members in their own communities. The Police Community Services Unit is staffed Monday to Friday 8AM to 5PM to answer any questions the community may have. 

Prescott Valley Police Department can be contacted at (928) 772-9267 for non-emergencies, 911 for emergencies. Yavapai Silent witness is 1-800-932-3232.