Cons and Scams

Be Wary of Scams and Frauds

Con artists are constantly thinking up new ways to steal your money.


It is important to recognize the danger signs of scams and frauds. Citizens should always be wary of any requests to wire money, any promises that you can borrow, win or make money easily as long as you pay a fee in advance, any tactics that use intimidation or pressure to make you act imagesCA306TIKimmediately or any scenarios in which someone wants to give you a check or money order and asks you to send money somewhere in return.

Citizens should never give out personal information over telephone such as your social security, your birth date, your credit card number or your bank PIN number code unless you initiated the call. As the saying goes, “If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.”

There are several on going scams and cons currently taking place in San Juan County, NM. This is not a complete list of scams and cons. Unfortunately, Con artists are constantly thinking up new ways to steal your money. If you know of a new or current scam happening within San Juan County, NM, that we should add to our list please let us know.

To view a description of the scam simply click on the title.

Cell Phone Scams

Collect calls/Emergency Scams

Craigslist – Car Buying & Selling Scams

Craigslist – Fake Guarantee

Craigslist – Home & Apartment Rental Scams

Craigslist – Job Scams

Craigslist – Ticket Scams

eBay Scam Alert

Fake Warrant – Telephone Scam (Usually Failure to Appear for Jury Duty)

Grandparents Scheme

Home Improvement Schemes

IRS Tax Scam

Nigerian Scam

Pigeon Drop

Rental Property Scam

Secret Shopper Scam

Telemarketing/Online Schemes

Work at Home Schemes



• Immediately make a report with your local law enforcement agency.

• Give the investigator assigned to your case as detailed a description of the suspect and any vehicles used as possible.

• Closely monitor your bank account(s) activity and credit report for any unauthorized transactions or new accounts opened, if the suspect obtained your personal identification.


New Telephone Scam:

Telephone Scam: New Mexico State Police in Alamogordo have received two calls from concerned citizens regarding an unknown caller indicating they are with State Police and requesting the citizens send a check or money order to cancel a warrant for their arrest.

New Mexico State Police wants to advise the public that this is a scam. Do not give any personal information to anyone regarding calls of this nature.


What To Do About Pre-Recorded Calls

If you answer the phone and hear a recorded message instead of a live person, it’s a robocall. Recorded messages that are trying to sell you something are generally illegal unless you have given the company written permission to call you.

If you get a robocall:

  • Hang up the phone. Don’t press 1 to speak to a live operator or any other key to take your number off the list. If you respond by pressing any number, it will probably just lead to more robocalls.
  • Consider asking your phone company whether they charge for blocking phone numbers. Remember that telemarketers change Caller ID information easily and often, so it might not be worth paying a fee to block a number that will change.
  • Report your experience to the FTC online or by calling 1-888-382-1222.

If you get phone service through internet or cable, you might want to look into services that screen and block robocalls. Try doing an online search for “block robocalls.”

For more information on current Scams & Frauds please click on any of the following links:




*National Council on Aging