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Scammer pretending to be major with Bell County Sheriff's Department, authorities say

Posted at 4:44 PM, May 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-11 17:44:37-04

The Bell County Sheriff's Department is warning the public after receiving reports of a scammer pretending to be a major with the department.

Authorities say an unknown male is calling potential victims identifying himself as "Major TJ Cruz" with the Bell County Sheriff's Office. The scammer then asks the victim to head to Dollar General and purchase three money pack vouchers for various dollar amounts.

The scammer tells the victim there is a warrant for their arrest, usually for missing jury duty and will confirm the victim's current address.

The sheriff's department says the scammer's last known number is (254) 613-7493, ext. 112 if prompted. When the number is dialed, a message recording with a woman's voice states you've reached the Bell County Sheriff's Department and if this is an emergency, hang up and call 911.

The message then mentions an anonymous "Gun Drive" and to leave a message.

Bell County will not contact citizens over the phone to inform them of a warrant. If you believe you have an active warrant, contact the sheriff's department non-emergency line.