Recently the Prescott Valley Police Department has become aware of a prevalent fraud scheme in which the suspect(s) are contacting local area businesses and government agencies via e-mail and representing themselves as employees.
The e-mailed request is generally sent to human resources or payroll department and requests the forms necessary to make a direct deposit or banking change for the employee. The suspect completes and returns the forms attempting to change the direct deposit for the employee they are pretending to be. The money is then sent to an account the suspect(s) control. The most common one seen has been American Express. If you receive e-mails such as this and suspect they are fraudulent, please contact your local police department.
The Prescott Valley Police Department recommends that any employees wanting to make changes to their banking or direct deposit information through their employer be required to do so in person. As is often said: “If you see something, say something!”
Prescott Valley Police Department can be contacted at (928) 772-9267 for non-emergencies, 911 for emergencies.