NHP warns of phone scam

The Nevada Highway Patrol issued a scam alert Wednesday warning of fraudulent callers soliciting donations and making threats on the behalf of state trooper organizations.

The Nevada Department of Public Safety has received several complaints from citizens advising that they are being contacted from a local phone number and solicited for donations on behalf of various police charitable organizations, including the American Association of State Troopers, Officer Down Charities for the Nevada Highway Patrol and the Nevada Highway Patrol itself.

“Callers have also stated that the scammer threatens unfair treatment from troopers should they choose not to donate funds,” the alert stated. “We want the community to be aware of this fraudulent activity and be sure to protect their personal information.”

According to the release, the American Association of State Troopers is a verified association that is headquartered out of Florida, but it does not call to solicit donations.

The Nevada Highway Patrol does not operate any charitable organizations at this time.

The Nevada Division of Investigations is investigating this fraudulent activity. Anyone that has been solicited for donations or have donated funds are urged to contact NHP investigators at 702-432-5225.

Citizens are reminded if they want to donate money to a verified law enforcement charity they can do so through the Injured Police Officers Fund (IPOF). The Injured Police Officers Fund does not solicit donations over the phone.