Scam Alert: Telephone scam targeting El Paso citizens

Scam Alert: Telephone scam targeting El Paso citizens
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POSTED: Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 10:47am

UPDATED: Monday, August 18, 2014 - 4:17pm

The El Paso County Sheriff's Office is once again warning citizens of a telephone scam that has targeted several victims. The previous version of this scam wasreported with the Las Cruces Police Department and the El Paso Police Department.

Essentially, the caller will call the victim on the phone claiming to be an employee of the Sheriff's Office. The scammer then claims that a jury summons was sent to the home and was ignored. The victim is then told to buy Green Dog money cards for an undisclosed amount of money as a way to pay for the warrants and is asked to meet in front of the El Paso County Courthouse.

After the victim purchases the money cards, the scammer claims that he or she cannot meet the victim and requests the serial numbers displayed on the money cards be read to them so that the warrant can be taken care of. The numbers are subsequently turned into cash by the scammer.

The Sheriff's Office would like to remind citizens that they will never receive a call requesting payment for outstanding criminal warrants.

If anyone has been a victim of this scam, please contact the proper authorities. El Paso Police Department non-emergency number is 915-832-4400 and El Paso County Sheriff’s Office non-emergency number is 546-2282.

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Today I received a message on home phone saying "I am Officer Jessica Rowland from IRS to call 716-261-2180". I called spoke to an "Officer John Harrison" who said there was an IRS debt on me, if I had legal council to help me with the case. When I told him how because I am disabled and have not worked since 2005 he said, "I will need to look into your case and call you back" I hung up. It was fishy because they had a Hindu accent and could not even speak proper English, beware!!!!!

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