Most Recent Scams
IRS-Impersonation Telephone Scam
An aggressive and sophisticated phone scam targeting taxpayers, including recent immigrants, has been making the rounds throughout the country. Callers claim to be employees of the IRS, but are not. These con artists can sound convincing when they call. They use fake names and bogus IRS identification badge numbers. They may know a lot about their targets, and they usually alter the caller ID to make it look like the IRS is calling.
Victims are told they owe money to the IRS and it must be paid promptly through a pre-loaded debit card or wire transfer. If the victim refuses to cooperate, they are then threatened with arrest, deportation or suspension of a business or driver’s license. In many cases, the caller becomes hostile and insulting.
Or, victims may be told they have a refund due to try to trick them into sharing private information.
If the phone isn't answered, the scammers often leave an “urgent” callback request.
Note that the IRS will never: 1) call to demand immediate payment, nor will the agency call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill; 2) demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe; 3) require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card; 4) ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone; or 5) threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.
From the IRS website.
Scam Alert- 08/12/14
The Guadalupe County Sheriff's Office has received several reports of a male subject calling people and identifying himself as a Lieutenant with the Guadalupe County Sheriff's Office. The male then tells the person they have warrants in Guadalupe County and they need to pay a large amount of money or they will be arrested at their place of employment. The male tries to sound official by reading what he calls a "legal affidavit" to the person and telling the person the warrants are felonies. The male has some personal information on the people he is calling.
These calls are not from the Guadalupe County Sheriff's Office and if you receive one of these calls, call the Sheriff's Office and report the incident.
DO NOT PAY MONEY TO ANYONE THAT CALLS YOU AND DO NOT GIVE OR CONFIRM ANY PERSONAL INFORMATION.
The Guadalupe County Sheriff’s Office has taken several reports in the past five (5) months of someone calling and telling the person their grandchild is in jail in Mexico and they need money wired to Mexico to get them out of jail. In all the reports taken the grandchild was not in jail or in Mexico.
If you receive a phone call like this, contact the Guadalupe County Sheriff’s Office and report the incident. 830-379-1224