SCAM WARNING: Impersonators Soliciting Money Over the Phone

The Harris County Sheriff’s Office reminds the public about an ongoing scam involving suspects contacting victims by telephone or email claiming to be law enforcement officers collecting debts.
The HCSO first warned the public about such a scam a year ago.
The scammer will try to intimidate the victim by threatening to put the victim in jail if the money is not paid.
The impersonator will ask the victim to purchase pre-paid gift cards and provide him/her with the card information when he/she calls back. In most cases, the victim has no knowledge of any debt.
In some cases the scammer falsely claims to be a police officer or deputy. However, it is important to know that the Harris County Sheriff’s Office does not solicit or collect money for unpaid tickets, fees, or any other debts over the phone or via email.
If you receive such a phone call, never give any personal information to the caller. Make the scammer answer your questions. Always get a call back phone number and never send money to anyone you don’t know.
If you do indeed have a debt that needs to be paid, make the necessary arrangements with the entity to which you owe money.
If you feel you have been a victim of such a scam, please contact your local law enforcement agency and the Better Business Bureau.

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