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BBB warns of potential phone scam

By: Jesse Martinez
EL PASO, Texas Officials at the Better Business Bureau warns El Pasoans about a scam that claims to be involved with local law enforcement.

The scam works by spoofing the victim's caller ID to show a local sheriff's office number.

The caller warns of a warrant and says the victim can pay for it by using either a money order or debit card.

Officials said the scammers are using a program to change or "spoof" the caller ID, and the scam has been reported nationwide. No cases were reported locally, officials said.

If a victim receives one of these calls, the BBB released the following information on what to do:

Don't wire any money. The police will not ask for payment over the phone, especially by money order or prepaid debit card.

Just hang up and don't call back. It is tempting to get the last word, but you may end up giving scammers information they can use later.

Call the real police and tell them what happened. Help authorities get the word out about the scam.

Never give out your personal information. Caller ID spoofing makes it very easy for callers to pretend to be someone else. Scammers have also posed as immigration authorities and representatives of utilities companies. Just be very skeptical of anyone who calls asking for money or personal information.

Officials said some of the scammers even use names of specific local officers, and they may already have personal information on their potential victims.

If a person receives these calls, they are asked to call police immediately.



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