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Brazos County Sheriff’s Office Is The Target Of Another Scam

The Brazos County sheriff’s office has announced residents are getting another round of scam calls threatening arrests if they don’t give them pre-loaded debit cards or credit cards.

According to a sheriff’s office news release, the con artist has threatened arrests if victims refuse to cooperate.

And it’s also been reported that the scammer is offering to meet victims at the sheriff’s office in an attempt to gain trust.

The news release also has a reminder that law enforcement agencies will never call to demand immediate payment or call about debts owed without first having mailed you a notice.

Additional information from the Brazos County sheriff’s office:

The Sheriff’s Office has recently experienced multiple reports from citizens who have received phone calls from individuals claiming to be with The Brazos County Sheriff’s Office. The person in this scenario identifies himself as a Sheriff’s Office employee.

This is a tactic often used by con artists to make it appear the victim is receiving the call from a law enforcement agency. In this scenario, the victims are being told they have outstanding warrants. The con artists are also using warrant numbers to appear more legitimate. The victims are being told to resolve these issues by making payments through a pre-loaded debit card, or by a credit card. In some cases the con artist has told victims to purchase a “MoneyPak” from Green Dot.

If the victim refuses to cooperate, the con artist has threatened arrest. It has also been reported that the con artist will offer to meet the victim at the Sheriff’s Office in an attempt to gain trust.

These con artists can sound convincing. They use fake names and bogus identification badge numbers. They may also know a lot about the individuals they are targeting. These con artists often alter the caller ID to make it look as though a government or a law enforcement agency is actually calling.

The Sheriff’s Office, or other law enforcement agencies, will never:

-Call to demand immediate payment, nor will the agency call about debts owed without first having mailed you a notice,
-Demand that you pay debts without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount owed,
-Require you to use a specific payment method for your debts, such as with a prepaid debit card,
-Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone,

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Posted by on Sep 9 2019. Filed under Featured Stories, Local News for Newsletter, News.
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