El Paso Sheriff's office warns of ticket scam
POSTED: Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - 11:21am
UPDATED: Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - 11:25am
El Paso, TX (KTSM) — El Paso County Sheriffs' officials are warning the public of an ongoing scam throughout the El Paso region. On Sunday, October 13, at approximately 4:00 p.m. an El Paso County Sheriffs' Deputy was dispatched to a theft call at the 1100 block of Duke Ct.
Further investigation revealed the victim received a telephone call from an unknown person claiming he was a "Lieutenant" with the El Paso County Sheriff's Office and told the victim there was a balance of unpaid tickets/warrants and that the victim would be arrested if not paid.
During the course of the conversation, the caller was able to obtain the victim's debit card information over the telephone and make two withdrawals from the victim's account via Western Union on Monday. On Tuesday, the victim received a second call from an unknown caller attempting to retrieve additional debit card information.
Sheriffs' officials say this may be an isolated incident, however, they also caution the public that it may be the start of a new trend to scam El Pasoans out of money and their identity. To prevent citizens from falling victim to a similar scam, the Sheriff's Office recommends the following:
- Do not send money or give any personal information over the phone without verifying with local law enforcement
- Verify citations with local Justice of the Peace Courts or Municipal Courts see listing:
- Contact the following to verify a citation/warrant:
File a Report with your local law enforcement agency if you have fallen victim to theft/fraud