The Hunt County Sheriff’s Office released the following statement this afternoon, warning area residents of another round of the pre-paid card phone scam:
The Hunt County Sheriff’s Office has been made aware today that suspects are once again calling residents and making threats of victims being arrested if they do not provide funds via a pre-paid card.
The most recent incident is targeting Registered Sex Offenders in Hunt County. The suspects instructed the victim to go to Wal-Mart and to upload money on a pre-paid card and they would meet them at the Sheriff’s Office and to call back and let the suspect know the card was purchased. When the return call was placed the suspect asked for the numbers over the phone, the victim refused and it sounded as if the suspect was speaking over a police radio asking for a unit “on standby for an arrest”.
The Hunt County Sheriff’s Office would like the public to know that at no time will we ask for any type of payment over the phone.Information on how to protect yourself from this type of scam or any other scam can be obtained from the Federal Trade Commission website at no cost.
“These scammers target all members of a community and we are asking everyone to be vigilant when it comes to protecting your finance,” said Sheriff Randy Meeks. “If you have any concerns contact the Sheriff’s Office or your local Police Department.”