The Colorado Springs Police Department is cautioning the public to be aware of scammers impersonating law enforcement working for the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) division.c
Police say a variety of names have been used, and the scammers claim to work locally or from various agencies nationwide.
Police say based on the information they have received, it appears the victims are interacting with “someone” online, which eventually progresses to sharing explicit pictures. Police say the “someone” will then have someone else — identifying themselves as a “parent” or “detective” — reach out and tell the victim they sent/received illegal pictures to a minor. The victim is then informed that to remove themselves from the situation, they must send money, a money order, or gift card to an address of the “parent” or the “detective.”
CSPD is reminding the public they will never be asked to pay a “fine” to ICAC in order to avoid prosecution. If a criminal case warrants prosecution, authorities say they will follow protocol. Any monetary fines or restitution would be assessed by the courts.
Authorities are reminding the public to be cautious when interacting with unknown individuals online.