Scam Advisory to Citizens

LIBERTY, November 12, 2015 - It seems that the types of telephone scams and their attempts to “scam” unsuspecting members of the public out of their money knows no end and will continue with only various variations to the attempts. The Liberty County Sheriff’s Office has received several complaints from citizen on Thursday morning of such attempts to con money from our local citizens.

In one case a resident near Dayton, Texas received a telephone call from a male subject calling the resident “Grand Pa” and telling him he had been arrested in Mexico for carrying marijuana and the Mexican authorities were demanding $450.00 before he could be released. When the resident questioned the caller as to which grand-child was calling the caller was evasive but finally gave the name of “Mike”. The resident told the caller he had no grand-son by that name so the caller hung up.

The second potential victim was called by a male who advised the resident that his son was in jail and charged with Driving Under the Influence and Reckless Driving and needed bond money sent to him immediately. This caller gave the name of “Richard Banks” at a specific number, however when the Sheriff’s Department called this number, a person answered but claimed that no such person was at that number. A quick call by the potential victim to his son confirmed that his son was not in jail.

A third scam that has been reported frequently of late is a caller who says something along the lines of your computer has been found to have a virus and they want information regarding either your computer and/or bank account. It’s obvious from the start of his conversation that he is trying to gain confidential information from the victim.

Sadly, in spite of the obvious false information these scammers are putting forth, there are some people who continue to be pulled into the scam and do, in fact, send money to whomever they are instructed to send it to.

The Sheriff’s Office continues to advise the public to be aware of such scams and to not engage the callers in any lengthy conversation as no legitimate business operates in this fashion and if it’s a caller saying a family member has been arrested, ask personal questions that only that relative would know. This normally results in the caller hanging up first.

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