Lufkin woman warns of growing phone scam

Lufkin woman warns of growing phone scam
Source: KTRE staff
Source: KTRE staff

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A Lufkin woman is warning others of a new phone scam that is targeting the elderly.

Ann Boles said she received a phone call earlier this week from a person who acted like her grandson.

"He said, 'Grandma, do you know who this is?'" Boles said. 'I said, 'Travis,' and he said, 'Yes, this is Travis.' He said they had gotten in an accident but said, 'Don't worry no one got hurt. What I'm calling for is to keep this from going on his criminal record.'"

Boles said she was instructed to go to CVS Pharmacy and buy a pack of pre-paid debit cards and then drop them off at a certain location. Boles said while she was on the way to the bank, something did not seem right.

"I think it was God speaking to me, telling me that I should do this," Boles said. "So I called my daughter, and she said, 'Mother do not do anything. Do not do anything.'"

Boles said the person on the other line seemed very real.

"He did sound convincing;" Boles said. "His voice sounded a lot like Travis."

Sgt. David Casper with Lufkin Police said crimes like these are becoming common because they hit right at the heart of a person.

"They play with emotions because you don't want your loved one to be in a bad situation, so you are going to do what you can to help them," Casper said. "By making them act quick, they have less time to do research on their own."

Casper said if the person on the other end of the phone cannot identify who they are without asking you, then they probably are not who they say they are, and the best thing for you to do is hang up.

"If it is too good to be true, then it is probably not true," Casper said. "If they are calling you for a reason, they should already have your information. Let them give you that stuff. Do not give it to them or provide that information for them."

Boles said she hopes others can learn from her near miss.

"There are so many scams going on that are so creative that leave people vulnerable to them," Boles said.

Casper said if anyone has any concern, they should call the Lufkin Police Department at (936) 633-0321.

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