(Seguin) – You might want to call your bank or car loan lender before negotiating a deal over the phone to prevent your vehicle from being repossessed. Investigator Sgt. Robert Murphy of the Guadalupe County Sheriff’s Office says unknown persons are reportedly calling local citizens and advising them that they need to pay them money or have their vehicle repossessed.
“A common number seems to be 855-552-6824. Please let people know that if they get one of these phone calls to hang up, and contact their bank or financial institution to check on the status of their loan or any payments due on their vehicle. Guadalupe County Sheriff Arnold Zwicke says he’s concerned over the increasing number and sophistication of these scams, and urges citizens to be aware of them. Do not get into a conversation with these people who generally employ very ‘high pressure’ tactics to keep the victim off balance in order to commit their crime. The best thing citizens can do it hang up to avoid the high pressure demands,” said Sgt. Murphy.
Murphy says there is also another variant of a scam where the “perpetrator” claims to be from the County Courthouse and says the citizen has a warrant. He says the sheriff's office will never call a person and tell them to come pay. Instead, he says they will send a deputy to your home.
“Also these scammers typically ask for money in strange forms such as iTunes cards, Green Dot money cards, pre-paid Visa cards, or similar items. In many cases the scammers will ‘spoof’ a local number via software on the internet. In almost all cases, the scammer is in a different state or even a different country,” said Murphy. “Do not under any circumstances send money to these people, nor should they give them any personal information. Especially do not give out dates of birth, driver's license numbers, or social security numbers.”
Murphy says Sheriff Zwicke urges all citizens, if in doubt, to please call their local law enforcement agency and ask them about any suspicious phone call which demands or requests money. He says, ‘remember, ‘If in doubt, check it out.’"