Phone scam demands child support payment

January 16, 2019

KINGMAN — Several people have been victimized by a phone scam demanding payment for child support.

A Lake Havasu City woman called the county child support clerk on Monday reporting that she’d received an automated voice mail stating that she was more than 90 days behind on her child support, Clerk of Superior Court Virlynn Tinnell said.

She was instructed to call a phone number to pay the arrears or that it would go before a judge. She was not the only one to receive the automated voice mail.

The woman contacted the Lake Havasu City Police Department, which told her that it had received other reports of similar phone scams.

Bullhead City police spokeswoman Emily Fromelt said they haven’t heard any reports about phone scams specifically about child support payments but they receive reports of other types of phone scams.

Tinnell said that no one from the Superior Court clerk’s office or child support enforcement will call demanding child support payments. If one receives this automated voice mail, do not call the number but instead report it to local law enforcement. Never give out personal information over the phone.

If anyone has questions about child support payments, they should call the county’s Superior Court clerk’s office at 928-753-0713.