Scams swindle money from local residents
Posted on 8/5/2014 7:42:00 AM.
(Guadalupe County) -- The Guadalupe County Sheriff's Office doesn't want you to be victimized by the latest phone scams to hit the area. Guadalupe County Sheriff Arnold Zwicke says in a few cases, citizens have already lost money. That's after they were convinced to send money to someone posing as an employee with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

"Citizens are being contacted by phone where the person claims to be an IRS agent. This person is telling the citizen that they owe the government money and if they do not react immediately Obama is going to send someone to their residence to arrest them. The caller is advising the citizen to either send a money order or obtain a green dot type credit card or wire the money to an account. One of the known telephone numbers used is 202-864-1281," said Zwicke.
Zwicke says it didn't take long for them to realize that these calls were not legitimate.
"We know that it is not true because the IRS does not work like that and if anyone gets these calls, the best thing to do is hang up and not pay attention to them but they have been threatened. The best thing to do is call local law enforcement after that. Certainly, do not send the money. Give us a call. Let us check it out and keep you from being a victim," said Zwicke.
Zwicke says in addition to the IRS, residents are also being targeted by an agency closer to home. He says this second scam involves someone posing as a member of the Guadalupe County Sheriff's Office.
"Citizens have been receiving calls from a person who claims to be with the Guadalupe County Sheriff's Office advising the citizen that they have an outstanding warrant or unpaid traffic ticket and need to immediately send the money or someone is coming to arrest them," said Zwicke. "The caller has used the name of Lt. Donaldson calling from an 830-265-0651 Ext. 211 which has already been changed. I am asking anyone who receives these types of calls to refrain from sending the money requested and instead call your local Law Enforcement Office."
Zwicke says notices from the sheriff's office or county will be mailed or posted throughout media outlets. Officials say residents also might want to make sure that they are not fooled by the 830 area code that often times comes up on a person's Caller ID.
Zwicke says most of the time, these numbers are from another country and can not be traced by law enforcement officials.
"Anybody that gets called by phone demanding money, I would refrain from doing until it checks out. We have scams in the past, saying 'your bank is calling and they need information. Well your bank already has information so they won't be calling you to get it. Question your bank but don't send the money until you are sure," said Zwicke.
Zwicke says in most cases, the perpetrators continue to target the elderly. Anyone who believes they might have received a call and or who might have been victimized are asked to contact authorities immediately.
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