July 17, 2024

# A New Scam Alert by Boulder Police

BOULDER, Colo. – Local police in Boulder are currently investigating an unusual yet alarming fraudulent operation. Scammers, posing as representatives from banks, have been duping residents into providing their bank login details.

Shockingly, through this tactic, fraudsters have managed to swindle over $100,000 from various victims’ bank accounts by using the victims’ own usernames and passwords. The plot takes a more frightful turn as scammers are also instructing individuals to deposit all their debit and credit cards into their mailboxes, which they later come to collect.

Suspects appear to vary with each incident, indicating the operation’s complexity. Police have obtained surveillance video showcasing various suspects and their vehicles, including rental cars. The Boulder Police Department is urging anyone with information related to the suspects to make contact.

Simultaneously, other divisions such as the Denver Police, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Lone Tree, and Parker are dealing with similar reports. So far, Boulder detectives have processed five reports indicating thefts totaling more than $100,000 from various banks and credits unions.

The police force would like to remind everyone of the following safety measures:

* Avoid placing your credit/debit cards or personal information inside your mailbox.
* Terminate suspicious calls from individuals claiming to be from your bank. Instead, use the number on the back of your card to reach your bank or credit union directly.
* Be wary of requests to forward your phone number, as this is a way fraudsters bypass security measures.
* If you receive dubious calls regarding your bank cards or account, it’s best to visit your local branch in person.
* Share any suspicious activity with both the police and your banking institution.

Detectives believe additional victims may be present and are eager to speak with them. If you have any information about these crimes or any related surveillance video, please contact either Detective Ramos at RamosS@bouldercolorado.gov or 303-441-3323 or Investigation Specialist Graber at GraberA@bouldercolorado.gov or 303-441-4420 referencing case 24-01310.

Check below the suspects’ images obtained from the surveillance footage.

Scam suspect photo 3

Scam suspect photo 2

Scam Suspect Photo 1

### FAQ

**What actions are being taken to trace the culprits?**

Available surveillance videos are being thoroughly reviewed by the detectives to identify the suspects. Additionally, any information about these crimes or related surveillance footage is welcome.

**How can I guard myself against such frauds?**

It is paramount that you avoid disclosing your bank login information to anyone. Also, refrain from depositing your debit/credit cards in mailboxes. If you receive any dubious calls, contact your bank using the official contact number on your card.

**What should I do if I fall victim to such a scam?**

Contact the police and your banking institution immediately if you suspect fraudulent activities on your account. If possible, visit your local bank branch in person.