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Telephone Scams Increasing in El Paso

Telephone Scams Increasing in El Paso

POSTED: Thursday, September 29, 2011 - 11:21am

UPDATED: Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - 4:25pm

EL PASO- The Sheriff's Department is warning the Borderland that telephone scams are increasing.

Deputies say the caller claims to be a family member (nephew) by addressing the person on the phone line as “TIO” OR “TIA” (uncle or aunt) .

The caller also claims he (nephew) is detained at a Port of Entry by “MEXICAN OFFICIALS” and provides accurate information to the caller convincing the person it is indeed a family member of theirs (i.e., correct name, vehicle known to be driven & additional family member names)

He also tells the person a certain amount of money is required and needs to be paid so the family member can be released and gives the person instructions where to send/wire the money or a designated location to meet with another person and drop off the money.

The amount of money demanded by the caller ranges from $400 up to $2000.  The calls are known to take place on any day or time of the week. Victims of the phone scam have described the voice to be that of a male claiming to be the “Mexican Official”. Victims have reported numbers on their caller ID’s to be 10-digit numbers.

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office is urging residents to report such incidents and be aware of these continuous scams. Should anyone in the community receive a similar phone call please contact the El Paso County Sheriff’s Dispatch at 915-546-2280.


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don't fall for it! consumer complaint sites like callercenter.com are littered with hundreds of complaints about scammers that use the same trick.. and sending money through money transfer ensures that you will never see your money again and that no one can locate the scammers to prosecute them! it's the oldest trick in the book. About time people smarten up!

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