Release Date:  05/22/2013
Incident Type: Beware Of Bomb Threat Extortion Scam By Phone
Contact Person:  Captain Patrick Whitney, 575-763-9436

The Clovis Police Department asks that the public and local businesses be aware of a new phone scam in the area in which businesses seem to be the main focus of a bomb threat extortion scam in which a person calls saying that there are bombs planted in the business and they will detonate them unless several thousand dollars are wired to a location and if they contact law enforcement they will detonate the bombs immediately.

Today, the local Clovis Wal-Mart and the ENMR Plateau businesses were affected by such an extortion attempt. The phone numbers being used by the suspect(s) appears to be masked (fake) and resembles other scams with masked phone numbers coming in from overseas areas outside the United States. Please do not fall for this scam or send any money to these people. Contact the Clovis Police Department, Curry County Sheriff Office or New Mexico State Police, depending on the jurisdiction you live or may have a business in where the phone call occurs.

These types of cases are forwarded to federal authorities due to the technological and often foreign nature of the crimes being perpetrated from somewhere outside the United States in which local jurisdictions have no ability, authority or jurisdiction to investigate.

Anyone having any information about these cases of extortion is asked to contact the police department at 575-769-1921 or Citizens may use TipSoft to provide this information and remain anonymous. Text users can send their tip to: "CRIMES" (274637) with the keyword TIPCPD. In other words, citizens can text “TIPCPD plus their crime tip" to 274637 (CRIMES).  Citizens can submit anonymous tips using their PC or mobile phone by going to www.tipsubmit.com, or anonymously call Crime Stoppers at 575-763-7000.

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