PHONE SCAM–PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

URGENT: Please advise the public this is ongoing.

NEWS RELEASE-Public Service Announcement  July 20th, 2016

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El Paso County Sheriff’s Office

3850 Justice Dr., El Paso, Texas 79938

Website: EPCSO.ORG

The Sheriff’s Office wants to make the citizens of El Paso County aware of a telephone scam that has claimed several victims. Several people around El Paso County have received phone calls from a person claiming to be an employee of the “Sheriff’s Office”. The scammer claims that a jury summons was ignored and that there is a warrant for arrest. The victim is then told to buy Green Dot money cards for an undisclosed amount as a way to pay for the warrants and is asked to meet in front of the El Paso County Court House. After the victim purchases the money cards, the scammer claims that he/she cannot meet and requests the serial numbers displayed on the money cards so that the warrant can be taken care of. Those numbers are then turned into cash by the scammer depriving the victim of the money.

The Sheriff’s office would like to let citizens know that they will never receive a call requesting payment for outstanding criminal warrants.  If anyone has been a victim of this scam, please contact the proper authorities. El Paso Police Department non-emergency number is 915-832-4400 and El Paso County Sheriff’s Office non-emergency number is 546-2280.

Published 20 July 2016 10:48 AM by lantunez

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