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Sheriff's office warns public of phone scam

Posted: 8:58 AM, Sep 06, 2019
Updated: 2019-09-06 09:58:06-04
Phone scammers impersonate police

BRAZOS COUNTY, TX — The Brazos County Sheriff's Office is warning the public of a phone scam in the area.

The sheriff's office has recently experienced multiple reports from citizens who have received phone calls from individuals claiming to be the Brazos County Sheriff's Office.

The individual identified himself as a sheriff's office employee.

Victims are being told they have outstanding warrants. The con artists are also using warrant numbers to appear to be more legitimate. The victims are being told to resolve these issues by making payments through a pre-loaded debit card.

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.

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,