Scams make rounds in CTX

Posted at 2:18 PM, Mar 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-17 15:18:02-04

New phone scams that are targeting taxpayers are making their rounds in the area. 

Copperas Cove police are warning the community of a new aggressive phone scams that could take money from victims.

One scam is calling people and claiming to be employees of the IRS. the callers sound convincing by using fake names, fake IRS identification badge numbers. Victims are told that they owe money and must pay through a preloaded debit card or wire transfer. If refused, the victim is threatened with arrest, suspension, or even deportation. 

Another scam is when a call identifies themselves as being a part of Senior Citizen Company, which doesn't exist, telling the victim that they won a new Mercedes-Benz and $850,000. The caller tells the victim to pay transport fees for the vehicle. 

The 'grandparent or parent scam' has also been making rounds in the area. In this scam, a grandparent or parent receives a frantic call from someone they believe is their family member. The caller is typically in a loud area and claims to be involved in some sort of trouble while traveling out of the country. The scammer asks for money to get themselves out of the situation.

Police remind the public to never give out personal identifying information such as a bank account or credit card numbers to anyone over the phone. 

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