POSTED: Thursday, September 29, 2011 - 12:21pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - 5:25pm
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.