On Tuesday, December 1, 2020, Prescott Valley Police Officers responded to a report of postal mail strewn along Sauter Drive East in Prescott Valley. Officers retrieved the mail and returned it to the addressed residents. It appeared suspects had removed mail from mailboxes to retrieve cash, credit cards, and personal information to perpetrate crimes of fraud or identity theft.
The Prescott Valley Police Department is reminding residents about identity theft and fraud schemes that are prevalent in communities nationwide. The best defense against fraud is safeguarding information and frequently checking bank statements for unauthorized charges. Annual credit checks through the three credit reporting companies – TransUnion, Experian, and Equifax – are free and can alert residents if their personal information has been compromised. Additional information can be found on the following government websites:
https://faq.usps.com/s/article/Mail-Theft (Reporting Mail Theft to United States Postal Service)
https://www.ftc.gov (Federal Trade Commission)
https://www.azag.gov (Arizona Attorney General’s Office
https://ic3.gov (FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center)
Prescott Valley Police Department can be contacted at (928) 772-9267 for non-emergencies, 911 for emergencies. Yavapai County Silent Witness is 1-800-932-3232.
Facebook: www.facebook.com/PrescottValleyPD or @prescottvalleypd