NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Fraudulent calls continue to be reported in Nacogdoches County and one person has fallen victim.
Residents are being deceived by callers that are using technology to appear as if they are calling from the Sheriff's Office. The number shows up on caller ID as 903-560-7777 and has an automated recording system identifying itself as Nacogdoches County Warrant Division. Using technology and computer systems, the callers are able to show on your caller id, any number they want to appear. Also, the callers are using a name of Lt. Clayton.
The scheme artists are advising residents that they have missed a court date and a warrant has been issued for their arrest. They're also demanding money and threaten you with being arrested. They request that you go to a store and purchase a card that you can load money onto. The callers are demanding payment of up to $2,000 dollars. They will request that you give them the number off the card, once you apply money to it.
The Sheriff Office conducted a media release of this scheme on Dec. 31. 2017. The Sheriff office received numerous complaints on Sunday and more calls have come in today. If you receive any suspicious phone calls, please verify any phone numbers before calling the person back.
The Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office wants to emphasize that this is a scam. The people making these calls are likely from outside of the United States, and have no affiliation with Nacogdoches County. The department stresses they are out to steal your money and will use any tactic that is available to convince you to send them money.
The Facebook post reads as follows: Nacogdoches County will contact you by mail if you have missed any court dates. No deputy will ever ask you to go to a store and put money on a credit card. No deputy will ever ask you for money. If you owe money to the county, then you will need to go to the proper location such as county collections, to pay that fine. If you receive any such phone calls, that you are in question of, please hang up the phone and call that agency directly and verify any information. Do not be fooled by phone numbers that may show up on your caller id or demands for payments by threats. These are not the tactics of your local county government. When in doubt, always verify the information.
If you receive any call like this, you are advised to hang up and do not engage in conversation. If you have questions about the call or have been swindled, please contact your local law enforcement agency to file a report.