Galveston County Sheriff’s Office warn of growing fraud cases

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Galveston County Sheriff’s Office warn of growing fraud cases

GALVESTON, TX – Hold on to your wallets, there’s a new fraudster in town.

At least, that’s what the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office is warning.

The scammers are impersonating police officers over the phone.

They tell victims they owe money to the sheriff’s office and must pay up to avoid arrest.

“The number they give you is a cell phone and we’re in the process of tracking that,” said Captain Barry Cook of the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office. “But when you call it, the voicemail actually says you have reached the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office.”

Victims are instructed to purchase Green Dot prepaid money cards and call back with the card numbers, so the would-be thieves can can cash in on them.

“People buy into that not really understanding the process of contempt of court and getting warrants for your arrest for not appearing in court, and how law enforcement handles those situations,” Cook said.

A word to the wise, if you did owe the sheriff’s office a chunk of change, they wouldn’t ask you for a gift card.

Be smart, report any suspicious calls and don’t fall into the fraudsters’ trap.